Academics Edition

Refugee summer school: Improving opportunities through research partnership

Refugee summer school: Improving opportunities through research partnership

When education researcher Carrie Symons joined the faculty at Michigan State University, she knew she wanted to increase activism in her work. So it didn’t take long before she reached out to the Refugee Development Center (RDC) in Lansing. Leaders of the center—which provides services to nearly 2,400 refugees a year—share her mission: to improve… Read More »

Exploring sport and human movement in Africa with new lecture series

Exploring sport and human movement in Africa with new lecture series

“I wanted to be able to give back,” said University Distinguished Professor Deborah Feltz prior to retiring from Michigan State University this spring after 37 years of service. “I wanted to help—to be a catalyst for good, collaborative research partnerships that I thought people doing research in any aspect of kinesiology could benefit from.” That… Read More »

Partnership with Chile: How TRUST can transform math teaching

Partnership with Chile: How TRUST can transform math teaching

Two mathematics education scholars from Michigan State University, Higinio Dominguez and Sandra Crespo, are collaborating with Chile’s Universidad Católica Silva Henríques on the project, Teaching Relations: Uniting Students and Teachers (TRUST). TRUST, or confianza, reflects a quality that a participating teacher from Chile identified as one that is rapidly disappearing from classrooms and yet key… Read More »

Stroupe wins national awards for science education research

Stroupe wins national awards for science education research

Michigan State University faculty member David Stroupe was recently honored for his innovative research in science teaching by the field’s leading organizations. The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) presented Stroupe with the 2017 Early Career Research Award at the annual conference in April. This honor is granted to a researcher each year… Read More »

Parks uses play to help young children learn math

“When I went in to do my work working with math in pre-K classrooms, I saw that engagement with physical materials helps kids engage with mathematical concepts,” says Amy Parks, associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Education. Parks has been working with young children and educators to introduce fun in learning math,… Read More »

Undergraduates honored for outstanding research

Undergraduates honored for outstanding research

Eight undergraduate students from the Michigan State University College of Education received first-place awards at the 2017 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). The annual event, held this year on April 7, is an opportunity for students across the university to showcase their research and creativity. Students presented work in a variety of categories—from engineering to… Read More »

Schneider receives honorary degree in Finland

Michigan State University’s Barbara Schneider, a John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki this spring. She is the only education scholar among more than 20 individuals from around the world being conferred with the honors this year by Finland’s oldest and largest higher education institution. Fellow… Read More »

Faculty publish books on science teaching

Faculty publish books on science teaching

Three faculty members in the Michigan State University College of Education have recently published books on science teaching and learning. Each book examines new and innovative concepts, such as helping students understand core ideas across disciplines, encouraging them to engage in science practices and rethinking the roles of students and teachers. Joe Krajcik, Lappan-Phillips Professor of… Read More »

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

Michigan State University has received a $1.4 million grant to expand a work-related social skills training program for youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. While efforts are growing to help youth with autism improve social skills, few programs focus specifically on teaching the skills needed to get and keep jobs. A pilot program… Read More »

Course integrates technology to reach all students

Course integrates technology to reach all students

A technology-based, student-focused course in the College of Education has received an Honorable Mention in Michigan State University’s annual Award Competition in Instructional Technology, sponsored by AT&T. CEP 956: Mind, Media and Learning, taught by Associate Professor Christine Greenhow, is a graduate course in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) doctoral program. Its attention to… Read More »