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Researchers win grants from William T. Grant Foundation

Researchers win grants from William T. Grant Foundation

Michigan State University education researchers will lead two new projects funded by grants from the William T. Grant Foundation. Each of the six research grants announced by the foundation this month will further understanding of everyday youth settings and the use of research evidence in the policies and practices that affect youth. MSU Professor Ken… Read More »

How teens choose their friends

How teens choose their friends

It’s a common perception portrayed in movies from “The Breakfast Club” to “Mean Girls.” Teenage friendships are formed by joining cliques such as jocks, geeks and goths. But a national study led by a Michigan State University scholar finds that the courses students take have powerful effects on the friendships they make. The study was… Read More »

Researchers explore who benefits from nature tourism

Researchers explore who benefits from nature tourism

MSU researchers including College of Education Professor Ken Frank say using nature’s beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China’s valued panda preserves, but it isn’t an automatic ticket out of poverty for the human inhabitants. The policy hitch: Often those who benefit most from nature-based tourism endeavors are people who already have… Read More »

Podcast aired on professor’s flipped classroom experience

Podcast aired on professor’s flipped classroom experience

Ken Frank of the MSU College of Education is one professor who has caught on to a new trend in hybrid teaching: flipped classrooms. Frank recently spoke with Alex Galarza and Andrea Zellner on MSU’s GradHacker podcast about his support of the breakthough pedagological method. (Cued in at the 19-minute mark.) Zellner is a Ph.D.… Read More »

MSU scholar edits timely volume on Assessing Teacher Quality

MSU scholar edits timely volume on Assessing Teacher Quality

Many policymakers have been promoting reforms that attempt to hold teachers accountable for producing gains in student achievement. But test-based accountability alone cannot solve our most challenging educational problems. The authors of a new volume on the topic, Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement, include several researchers affiliated with the Michigan… Read More »

Environmental choices and the power of social networks

Environmental choices and the power of social networks

The choices an individual makes about environmental issues are affected by family, friends and others in a person’s social network. Michigan State University scientists are studying how to harness the power of social networks to better communicate sustainability science. Ken Frank, professor of measurement and quantitative methods, is one of three speakers participating in a… Read More »

Ken Frank writes in book on social networks & school reform

Ken Frank writes in book on social networks & school reform

Professor Ken Frank of the Measurement & Quantitative Methods program has co-authored two chapters in a new volume about the role of relational ties among teachers and educational leaders. Social Network Theory and Educational Change is edited by Alan J. Daly and published by Harvard Education Press. Frank studies schools as organizations, social networks and… Read More »

MSU, U-M to study major Michigan education reforms

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University – in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education – will use a five-year, $5.9 million grant to assess two education reforms designed to promote college attendance and workplace success. U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy received the grant from the U.S. Department… Read More »