News from WCER
Enhancing Middle School Students’ Representational Fluency
August 30, 2010
A newly published study examines middle algebra school students’ representational fluency, or their ability to reason with and between multiple representations, using tabular, graphical, verbal, and symbolic representations of linear and nonlinear relations.
The Complex Mechanisms of Developing Journalistic Expertise
August 23, 2010
As bloggers and mobile phone eyewitnesses increasingly supplement the “news,” understanding how professional journalists develop their expertise is more important than ever.
Culturally Relevant Teaching for Pre-K Mathematics
August 16, 2010
Students from non-White, non–middle class homes typically face school norms and expectations that don’t align with their experiences outside school.
How Does Desegregation Help Reduce the Achievement Gap?
August 15, 2010
Desegregating schools has long been considered a matter of equity, justice, and improved student achievement.
VARC Partners with Milwaukee Literacy Project
August 8, 2010
WCER’s Value-Added Research Center will serve as external evaluator for the newly funded Milwaukee Community Literacy Project,
New Directions in Value-Added Research
July 26, 2010
WCER’s Value-Added Research Center (VARC) is working with Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools to support and promote effective teaching
Doctoral Research Training Evolves
July 19, 2010
John Rudolph, department of Curriculum & Instruction, is beginning duties as as WCER’s Director of Graduate Training and the Doctoral Research Program.
Careers in Computing for African American Students
July 12, 2010
The U.S. is producing record numbers of Ph.D.s in computing; however, the number of African Americans receiving advanced degrees in computing at the master’s level still lags behind those of other ethnic/racial groups.
Developing as a Writer
July 10, 2010
Students develop as writers over a number of years, interacting with a complex array of influences. Individual and environmental conditions work to advance—or inhibit—students’ abilities to express themselves.
Online Games and Adolescent Reading
July 6, 2010
Video games and participatory cultures have emerged as an important force for student learning, both in and out of school.
Teacher Compensation Knowledge Base
June 28, 2010
The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) works toward placing talented and capable teachers in classrooms to accomplish the nation’s goals of teaching all students to high standards, and closing the achievement gap.
Tracking Progress of ELL Students
June 23, 2010
The number of English Language Learner (ELL) students continues to increase dramatically in U.S. schools.
FAST Leaders to Convene in Madison
June 14, 2010
Families and schools will work more closely together as a result of next week’s international conference sponsored by Families and Schools Together.
Researchers Using Video Face Options and Challenges
June 10, 2010
Video technology is transforming research in the learning sciences.
Measuring Effects of a Pre-College Engineering Curriculum
June 1, 2010
A new Working Paper by Mitchell Nathan and colleagues illustrates how propensity score matching (PSM) can provide a robust estimate of a program treatment effect on student learning outcomes.