News from WCER
The Learning Sciences: Brand or Big Tent?
September 27, 2010
The aims of the Learning Sciences (LS) are to understand the nature of learning from a broad range of perspectives, and to shape the ways that learning environments and resources are designed and used.
Virtual Mentoring and Assessment for STEM Learning
September 20, 2010
How can all students be assured the opportunity to learn significant math and science content?
ELL Students Benefit from Formative Assessments
September 15, 2010
Classrooms across the country are welcoming an ever-growing number of students whose native language is not English.
Building Education Partnerships
September 13, 2010
Education partnerships are central to most education reform initiatives.
The Effects of Time on Student Success
September 7, 2010
Catherine Compton-Lilly offers a new case study that explores time as a context in which a low-income, African American boy defines himself as a particular type of student and literate person and was ultimately relegated to a particular school trajectory.
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.