This past week, the Washington Post has highlighted two professors within the Michigan State University College of Education: Jim Pivarnik, professor of kinesiology and William Schmidt, university distinguished professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education (CEPSE). Pivarnik and doctoral student Erin Kuffel’s new research about resistence training for pregnant women has already captured the attention of several news sources, including CNBC and abc12. Last Tuesday’s Washington… Read More »
Joseph Krajcik, a well-known science education expert, has been named director of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education (IRMSE) at Michigan State University. The interdisciplinary center, launched during a Washington, D.C. conference last fall, is designed to address some of the most pressing challenges related to teaching science and mathematics by bringing… Read More »
A new report from the National Center on Education and the Economy says the United States must seek more ambitious changes in education practices in order to keep up with those countries that perform highest on international assessments. In this Education Week article, University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt said the report outlines critical points, including… Read More »
Studies show more U.S. students are taking more ambitious classes in high school, but they are not necessarily scoring any higher on standardized tests. Why? In this New York Times article, MSU Distinguished Professor William Schmidt says many courses in Michigan and Ohio high schools, where he has conducted research, don’t cover the types of… Read More »
Michigan citizens believe education is far and away the most important service to protect from state funding cuts, according to results from Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. When asked which areas should be shielded from reductions, 53 percent of respondents identified education – more than three times that of the next… Read More »
University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt says there is a problem with pushing U.S. students to move through mathematics courses too quickly. Montgomery County schools is restructuring and slowing down its math curriculum to align with new national standards and help students master the basics. Read the Washington Post story.
This editorial from The Detroit News describes the educational changes Michigan still needs, and what new Gov. Rick Snyder must focus on. University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt, co-director of the Education Policy Center at MSU, adds that tougher curriculum standards are needed to keep up with global competition.
What is the key to strong math achievement? Issues of curricula, assessment and teaching are mentioned in this Hechinger Report article, including research insights from University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt and College of Education graduate Deborah Loewenberg Ball.
University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt shared his research on math education in the United States with students at Michigan State University as the first presentation in this year’s Spartan Lecture Series, which is sponsored by ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, and COGS, or the Council of Graduate Students. Read more in The State News.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michigan State University will expand its capacity to improve mathematics and science education across the nation through the creation of a new, interdisciplinary research center. The Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education is expected to bring together top scholars from the science and education fields and facilitate projects that can… Read More »