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Preparing for Radical Teaching by Encouraging Student Talk
Before Leema Berland, Melissa Braaten and Rosemary Russ arrived as at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they each were convinced that the best way for students to learn science was for teachers to listen to them and encourage them to develop and support their own ideas.
It wasn’t until the three researchers landed in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, however, that they decided to team up to see how they could support those best practices among teachers-in-training.
“The research is pretty convincing, and pretty widely accepted – kids have to talk about their own ideas about science in order to learn,” Russ said. “The challenge came when we looked into how we could we make teachers aware of that and know it’s actually happening in their classrooms. Read more
The Future of Internships Is Virtual
The internship, a long-held tradition of the business world, is overdue for innovation, says David Williamson Shaffer, a learning sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is an alum of the Peace Corps and MIT’s famed Media Lab.
Backed by $12 million in funding from private foundations and the National Science Foundation, Shaffer is creating internships infused with key findings from education research in his Games and Professional Simulations lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of the university’s School of Education.
Shaffer and fellow researcher Naomi Chesler, a professor in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering, have found that metacognition, or what Shaffer calls “reflection-in-action,” is a common trait among successful professionals. Shaffer and Chesler teamed up to create virtual internships to develop that ability in students. Read more