News by Year: 2017

Study Finds Wisconsin Children Unequally Ready for Kindergarten

September 18, 2017

The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students.  Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.”


Ecology at Play

September 8, 2017   |   By Lynn Armitage

Mike Lawton loves his job as a science teacher at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. “My greatest reward is when students come up to me and say, ‘Wow, this is the first science class I have ever liked,’” he says.


MSAN Featured in Education Week

September 6, 2017

We often hear about the need to “build capacity” of practitioners to use research. This usually gets translated as improving practitioners’ skills in using research to make decisions or imparting knowledge on how to engage in continuous improvement efforts.


Jackson Discusses Whether Men are the New College Minority

August 18, 2017

A recent report from Carlow University showed that women outnumbered men by more than six to one during the Fall 2016 enrollment.


Jackson Quoted in Education Dive on Why Prospective College Students Don’t Expect to Graduate

August 8, 2017

Jerlando Jackson, the director of the University of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory in the Center for Education Research, quoted in Education Dive.


Jackson Quoted in the Atlantic on Why Men Are the New College Minority

August 8, 2017

Jerlando Jackson, the director and chief research scientist at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, quoted in The Atlantic.


Astronomy Video Game Developed at UW–Madison Wins National People’s Choice Award

August 7, 2017

“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award.  This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category.


Video Game by UW-Madison Group is up for National Award

July 14, 2017

A video game about exploring the cosmos that a University of Wisconsin-Madison institution developed is up for a national award for educational games.


The Value of Mentorship in the Scientific Field

July 13, 2017

The value of effective mentorship in the sciences is increasingly being recognized. Mentoring is tied to many benefits for a mentee (e.g., increased research productivity and career satisfaction), which also benefits the lab overall. Anyone can learn to be an effective mentor with the right training and practice.


Education Technologies Improve Collaborative Learning in Undergrad Chemistry

July 10, 2017

WCER researcher Martina Rau and colleagues found that undergraduate chemistry students who used educational technology to discuss problem-solving mistakes had higher learning outcomes than students who participated in the traditional version of the lab course. This study was published in Computers and Education.


Teacher Fellowship to Game Designer

July 5, 2017   |   By Paul Baker

Teachers from across Wisconsin eagerly join a fellowship wait list to learn how to create digital educational games that engage students and boost learning.


“Quantitative Ethnography”

June 28, 2017

David Williamson Shaffer, a WCER game scientist, explores how to make sense of the deluge of information in the digital age through quantitative ethnography. This new science gives researchers tools to understand not just what data says, but what it tells us about the people who created it.


Jerlando Jackson, Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory

June 28, 2017

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). Here he discusses Wei LAB, Beyond the Game, and post-graduate outcomes.


Effective Mentoring in STEMM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions: Proceedings of a Workshop

June 26, 2017

To explore the conversation surrounding nebtirubg, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, in collaboration with the Board on Science Education and the Teacher Advisory Council, convened a workshop in Washington D.C. on February 9-10, 2017.


Hora to Deliver Keynote Lecture at the United Negro College Fund’s Career Pathways Initiative

June 26, 2017

Matthew Hora, the director of WCER’s new Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, will deliver a keynote lecture at the United Negro College Fund’s new Career Pathways Initiative on June 27 in Atlanta.