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Gould appointed to national fitness board

Gould appointed to national fitness board

Daniel Gould, professor of kinesiology and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, has been invited to serve on the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Gould joins fellow Department of Kinesiology faculty members Karin Pfeiffer, who is currently on the board, and… Read More »

PhD candidate receives $20,000 dissertation award

PhD candidate receives $20,000 dissertation award

Kri Burkander, a PhD candidate in the Educational Policy program at Michigan State University, has been awarded a $20,000 dissertation grant by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Burkander’s dissertation, “Culture, Class, and College: A Mixed Method Contextual Understanding of Undermatch,” is a study of low-income students’ transition… Read More »

Grant project to produce STEM leaders in urban schools

Grant project to produce STEM leaders in urban schools

Michigan State University is partnering with global tech giant Wipro Ltd. to help meet the demand for math and science teachers who will be leaders in America’s urban school districts. Faculty members in the College of Education will use a $2.8 million, multi-year grant from the India-based company to offer a unique fellowship program to… Read More »

Kids grasp large numbers remarkably young

Kids grasp large numbers remarkably young

Children as young as 3 understand multi-digit numbers more than previously believed and may be ready for more direct math instruction when they enter school, according to research led by a Michigan State University education scholar. The study, online in the journal Child Development and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education… Read More »

In Memoriam: Norman Stewart

In Memoriam: Norman Stewart

Norman Stewart, former Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEPSE) distinguished professor, died Nov. 29 at age 82. For more than 40 years, Stewart served as professor emeritus of special education and education psychology. Stewart joined the faculty in 1964 and retired in 1999. He also spent time teaching overseas. Funeral services were held Dec.… Read More »

Learning with ‘stronger peers’ yields no boost

Learning with ‘stronger peers’ yields no boost

A new study contradicts the popular theory that students perform better when surrounded by higher-achieving classmates. Michigan State University’s Scott Imberman and colleagues found that marginal students in a middle school gifted and talented program – despite learning alongside the “best and brightest” – performed no better on national tests than a similar group of… Read More »

MSU SETS-UP fellowship to prepare future science teachers

MSU SETS-UP fellowship to prepare future science teachers

Michigan State University will now help meet the need for science teachers in high-needs schools across the nation with a new teacher preparation program. Supporting Early-Career Teachers of Science Through Urban Partnerships—or MSU SETS-UP for short—is a five-year fellowship that will provide fellows with secondary science teaching certification, as well as a master’s degree. Funded… Read More »

Li receives prestigious LRA book award

Li receives prestigious LRA book award

Guofang Li has been given the 2013 Edward B. Fry Book Award by the Literacy Research Association (LRA). She was presented the award at an LRA plenary session in Dallas, Texas, for her book, “Culturally Contested Literacies: America’s “Rainbow Underclass” and Urban School.” The award committee selected Li’s book based on a variety of criteria,… Read More »

PISA results: Lagging U.S. students need more rigorous math

PISA results: Lagging U.S. students need more rigorous math

As American students continue to lag behind international peers in math skills, a Michigan State University scholar argues the United States could improve its standing by increasing exposure to formal math such as algebra and geometry consistent with the new Common Core State Standards. Math instruction also needs to be more consistent throughout the nation,… Read More »

Shahjahan elected to two international boards

Shahjahan elected to two international boards

Assistant professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Riyad Shahjahan has been appointed to two boards—both influential in the field of international education. Shahjahan will serve as member-at-large for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on International Higher Education. He will also sit on the editorial board for Policy Futures in Education,… Read More »