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TEDS-M results: Countries that best prepare math teachers share similarities

Countries that best prepare math teachers meet several key conditions generally lacking in the United States, according to the first international study of what teacher preparation programs are able to accomplish. The IEA study, led by Michigan State University, suggests that in countries such as Taiwan and Singapore, future math teachers are better prepared because… Read More »

Charter schools spend more on administration than public schools

While charter school advocates criticize public school bureaucracies as bloated and wasteful, it turns out that charters spend more on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar. The study, which examines school spending in Michigan, found that charter schools spend nearly… Read More »

Nearly 30% of all college athlete injuries a result of ‘overuse’

Nearly 30% of all college athlete injuries a result of ‘overuse’

Overuse injuries – found most often in low-contact sports that involve long training sessions or where the same movement is repeated numerous times – make up nearly 30 percent of all injuries sustained by collegiate athletes. And a majority of overuse injuries (62 percent) occurred in females athletes, according to a new study published in the current… Read More »

EPC report: Reviewing research on teacher preparation

Policymakers hoping to improve teacher preparation in the U.S. have been stymied by a dearth of nationally representative data, as was pointed out in a 2010 report from the National Academy of Science, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The Educational Policy Center at Michigan State University took an important step toward more informed… Read More »

Study connects sports to positive positive youth development

Study connects sports to positive positive youth development

Researchers from Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) have found that underserved youth report more life skill and character development when their sports coaches place greater emphasis on creating caring climates. This involves the coach creating an atmosphere that focuses on player self-improvement versus players’ comparing and competing with teammates.… Read More »

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has presented Michigan State University kinesiology graduate Sheila Kelly with a 2012 Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award. Kelly won the award for her doctoral dissertation titled: “The Relationship Among Motor Skill Development, Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition and Perceived Competence of Fourth Grade School Children.” The award… Read More »

Greenhow to speak at national cyberlearning summit

Greenhow to speak at national cyberlearning summit

Less than a month into her time as assistant professor at Michigan State University’s College of Education, Christine Greenhow has been sharing her research on social media, as pertaining to global education and policy, in high profile ways. CQ Researcher, a weekly publication on trending issues, recently featured Greenhow in their issue on Digital Media,… 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 »

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

A recent opinion piece from the Orlando Sentinel addressed one of Florida education’s most troubling statistics: that only 28 percent of Floridian eighth-graders are considered “proficient” in mathematics. The solution? Attract top math teachers to middle schools, said guest columnist Paul Cottle. Cottle referenced the research of MSU professor William Schmidt, which said that U.S. math instruction is weak because the teachers themselves often have… Read More »

Barbara Schneider edits special issue of top social science journal

Barbara Schneider edits special issue of top social science journal

Michigan State University scholar Barbara Schneider is co-editor of the November 2011 edition of The ANNALS, a publication of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The issue focuses on Work, Family and Workplace Flexibility and includes eight papers originally written for a national conference on the topic in Washington, D.C.  last year. Schneider,… Read More »