News from WCER

A Capitol and Very Wisconsin Idea

December 12, 2018   |   By Lynn Armitage

History can be a challenging subject to study, with so many names, dates and places to remember. But thanks to a new educational video game—“Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case”—created by UW–Madison’s Field Day Lab and Wisconsin Public Television, learning about history, specifically Wisconsin history, is “really cool,” says Camren Hokanson, a fourth-grader at Elmwood Elementary School in Elmwood who has played the game multiple times.


MSAN 2019 Institute: Call for Proposals Now Open

December 10, 2018

The call for proposals is now open for the 2019 MSAN Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 15-16 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison


Jackson to Receive Major Honor from ASHE

November 14, 2018

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) recently announced its annual award winners leading up to the organization’s 2018 conference, and two faculty members with UW-Madison’s School of Education are receiving significant recognition.


Video Game Play Can Change Human Behavior in a Good Way

November 1, 2018

Brain Scans Show Innovative Sci-Fi Game Increases Empathy in Some Children


Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions Launches Fall Seminar Series Nov. 5

October 30, 2018

Public Talk on Comparative Study of Internships in China and the U.S.


Wisconsinites Agree on Broad Purposes of Higher Education Despite Divisive Political Climate

October 30, 2018

UW-Madison student-led research shows residents with opposing ideologies share belief that public higher education serves broad and varied purposes


WCER Launches New Research-to-Practice Center in Early Childhood Education

October 23, 2018

Early childhood education is a well-studied field. However, Beth Graue, the Sorenson Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UW–Madison’s School of Education and a former kindergarten teacher, realized something was missing. Graue decided a new type of research initiative was needed―one that grounds its work in the practical wisdom of classroom teaching.


Vlach, Matthews Earn Understanding Human Cognition Awards from McDonnell Foundation

September 20, 2018

UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach and Percival Matthews each recently received an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF).


Albers Named School Psychology Journal Editor

September 13, 2018

Craig Albers, an associate professor of educational psychology and co-principal investigator of WCER’s new Rural Education Research and Implementation Center, has been named as the 11th editor of the Journal of School Psychology by the Society for the Study of School Psychology.


UW–Madison to Co-Lead $10 Million NSF Grant to Cultivate a More Diverse, Inclusive STEM Faculty

September 6, 2018

Project Seeks to Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields


WCER’s Hora Adds Chinese University to Internship Study

September 5, 2018

Matt Hora, a research scientist at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, has just begun a 2.5-week residency as a guest professor in the School of Education at Tianjin University in China.


Tom Carpenter, Transformer of Child-Centered Math Teaching, Dies at 78

August 14, 2018   |   By Karen Rivedal

UW-Madison professor Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education for students and teachers, died August 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.


MEP Receives New Grant to Assess, Improve 4K Instruction in Madison

July 27, 2018

A joint research practice partnership between UW-Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District has received a $400,000 federal grant for a two-year study to assess and improve instruction in the district’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. Teaching is to be enhanced with the design and piloting of a made-to-order professional development program built around the needs of the district’s 4K educators.


New Study Finds Far Fewer Middle-Skill Jobs in U.S. than Estimated

July 16, 2018

Skilled non-college occupations account for 16% of all jobs, significantly below widely cited estimates


UW–Madison’s Mathieu Appointed to National STEM Education Advisory Panel

July 16, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Robert D. Mathieu, the Albert E. Whitford Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel. Mathieu, director of the university’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and associate dean for research at its School of Education, begins his first term on the national panel immediately and could serve up to three years.