blog postsResearch fails to support current rapid growth of charter schoolsMar 26, 2008 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The case for charter schools, by all appearances, has been made with politicians and the public. Forty states now have them, their numbers are rapidly increasing, and they now serve more than a million students.Reality TV provides an education for self-help citizenship, author saysMay 13, 2008 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many things have been said about reality TV, but "educational" has rarely been among them.Public schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study saysMay 23, 2008 9:00 am354 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in public schools learn as much or more math between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students in private schools, according to a new University of Illinois study of multi-year, longitudinal data on nearly 10,000 students.Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar saysJun 17, 2008 9:00 am208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seventy-five years after the Nazis rose to power, historians still struggle to explain how the Nazis could take such effective hold of Germany and bring it to such murderous extremes in war and in the Holocaust.Illinoisans unimpressed with quality of state's colleges and universitiesJun 23, 2008 9:00 am10 views Champaign, IGPA, the U. of I. College of Media, and the Forum on the Future of Public Education at the Urbana-Champaign campus.U. of I. professor James Anderson named to National Academy of EducationJun 30, 2008 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, considered the highest honor in the field of educational scholarship.How do you keep kids reading throughout the summer?Jul 8, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... education professor Violet HarrisLocal teachers to attend Chancellor's Academy at U. of I. starting July 31Jul 25, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eighty-seven local teachers are expected to take part in the fourth annual Chancellor's Academy, which starts Thursday (July 31) and continues on weekdays through Aug. 8.Law School Day to take place Oct. 8 at the U. of I.Sep 17, 2008 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois college students preparing to apply to law school are invited to attend Law School Day at the University of Illinois on Oct. 8.Youth Literature Fest coming to U. of I., area schools, community Oct. 2-4Sep 18, 2008 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Books, kids, and the love of reading will take center stage Oct. 2-4 in Champaign-Urbana, at the University of Illinois, and in 44 area schools - all as part of a first-ever Youth Literature Festival in East Central Illinois.Author Naomi Klein to speak Oct. 29 at the University of IllinoisOct 13, 2008 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Author and syndicated columnist Naomi Klein will speak Oct. 29 on the University of Illinois campus, on the topic "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in Latin America."What should President Obama do with No Child Left Behind?Nov 11, 2008 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... education professor Sarah J. McCartheyQuality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am983 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.E-Learning can have positive effect on classroom learning, scholar saysNov 26, 2008 9:00 am1715 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Traditional classroom teaching in higher education could learn a thing or two from online teaching, otherwise known as e-learning, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies computer-mediated communication, information exchange and the Internet.Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thoughtDec 9, 2008 9:00 am626 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Much more cross-gender bullying - specifically, unpopular boys harassing popular girls - occurs in later elementary school grades than previously thought, meaning educators should take reports of harassment from popular girls seriously, according to new research by a University of Illinois professor who studies child development.Education secretary pick a pragmatic reformer, liked by teachers unionsDec 16, 2008 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The naming of Arne Duncan, chief executive of the Chicago public school system, to run the U.S. Department of Education signals that education will not be second-tier issue in a Barack Obama presidency, says James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Value of international math and science test questioned by scholarJan 6, 2009 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To no one's surprise, Asian students outscored their American classmates on the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a highly respected international assessment administered every four years to compare the mathematics and science test scores of fourth- and eighth-grade students from around the world. But according to a University of Illinois education professor, one standardized test should not be taken as a final verdict on the quality of math and science education in U.S. elementary schools.All work and no play makes for troubling trend in early educationJan 26, 2009 9:00 am192 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child's development instead of enhancing it, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am389 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno's man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about "American Idol" than they do about American government doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely their fault.Certified teachers+modern instruction=better public-school math scoresFeb 25, 2009 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In another "Freakonomics"-style study that turns conventional wisdom about public- versus private-school education on its head, a team of University of Illinois education professors has found that public-school students outperform their private-school classmates on standardized math tests, thanks to two key factors: certified math teachers, and a modern, reform-oriented math curriculum.Social skills, extracurricular activities in high school pay off later in lifeMar 25, 2009 9:00 am3045 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It turns out that being voted "Most likely to succeed" in high school might actually be a good predictor of one's financial and educational success later in life.What will stimulus spending mean to higher education?Mar 25, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Walter W. McMahon, a professor of economics emeritus and educational organization and leadership emeritusIvory tower needs to adapt to online media landscape, scholar saysApr 9, 2009 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Universities need to embrace new online media, social networks and a culture of "openness" as part of their pedagogy, or they risk becoming seen as anachronisms in today's hyper-connected world where information is available freely, says a University of Illinois expert who studies the knowledge economy's effect on higher education.Applied baccalaureate degrees at two-year colleges play critical rolesApr 30, 2009 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applied baccalaureate degree programs at community colleges not only offer a path for non-traditional students to earn a bachelor's degree, but they also help state and local governments address shortages in the workforce, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies how first-generation college students use community colleges as a bridge to higher education.Online tutorials help elementary school teachers make sense of scienceJun 18, 2009 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Interactive Web-based science tutorials can be effective tools for helping elementary school teachers construct powerful explanatory models of difficult scientific concepts, and research shows the interactive tutorials are just as effective online as they are in face-to-face settings, says a University of Illinois expert in science education.U. of I. education expert: community colleges undervalued, underfundedJul 14, 2009 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Popular culture may have an uncharitable attitude toward community colleges, but a University of Illinois expert in education says they are an underfunded community asset and an invaluable resource for first-generation college students, low-skilled adult workers and immigrants aspiring to enter college, and downsized workers and mid-career changers transitioning to a recession-proof career.Market-style incentives to increase school choice have opposite effectJul 15, 2009 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A market-based approach to increasing school choice actually leads to fewer educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged students in urban areas, according to a University of Illinois expert in education.New book explores post-emancipation education of blacks in MississippiJul 21, 2009 9:00 am98 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the years immediately following the Civil War, the question of education for newly emancipated slaves in Mississippi centered on whether schools should seek to educate blacks as citizens or train them as subsistence laborers. While many whites favored the laborer option, those who had been freed wanted schools established by and for themselves as a means of achieving independence, equality and political empowerment - in essence, full citizenship, says Christopher M. Span, a professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois.In this economy, interest in community colleges is growing rapidly. How will $12 billion in stimulus funding help them meet demand?Jul 21, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Debra Bragg, a professor of higher educationParental influences differ in determining child's later academic successAug 12, 2009 9:00 am234 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mothers and fathers play different roles and make different contributions to a child's upbringing, but a father's influence upon a child's academic success later in life is felt the most when he's involved from the very beginning, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am357 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether they're found in a museum or a textbook, historical narratives about traumatic events such as war and genocide are better left to older students, who have typically developed a more refined historical consciousness, says a University of Illinois professor who studies and teaches historical instruction.What constitutes bullying, and how should kids and parents respond to it?Sep 8, 2009 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... educational psychology professor Dorothy EspelageStudents, teachers need to be transculturally literate, expert saysSep 24, 2009 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The current generation of college students and teachers need to be as culturally fluent with people from different cultures as they are with their own, a soft skill that has become an essential part of life in the 21st century, a University of Illinois expert on teacher education says.How universities became the 'balancing wheel' for fluctuating state budgetsOct 6, 2009 9:00 am0 views A Minute With™... education professor Jennifer A. DelaneyMusical sensibility can help shape teaching, research educationOct 28, 2009 9:00 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The underlying similarities between teaching, research and music can be a powerful metaphor for education and qualitative inquiry, according to a University of Illinois professor of education.Texting, tweeting ought to be viewed as GR8 teaching tools, scholar saysDec 10, 2009 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The impact of text messaging on the decline of formal writing among teens has been debated in pedagogical circles ever since cell-phone ownership became an adolescent rite of passage in the mid-2000s. But according to a University of Illinois expert in media literacy, not only are critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation wrong, they also often overlook the bigger role that texting and its distant cousin, "tweeting," could play in education and research.Adding technology to geometry class improves opportunities to learnDec 15, 2009 9:00 am2935 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in math education suggests that incorporating technology in high school-level geometry classes not only makes the teaching of concepts such as congruency easier, it also empowers students to discover other geometric relationships they wouldn't ordinarily uncover when more traditional methods of instruction were used.Would more charter schools help reform education in America?Dec 24, 2009 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... education professor Christopher LubienskiSiblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am5757 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has - for better or for worse - a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.On-campus child care needed for increasing number of student-parentsFeb 22, 2010 9:00 am3339 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The lack of affordable, high-quality on-campus day care programs that cater to undergraduate students who double as parents is a stealth issue that has the potential to harm both the student-parent and the child, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.On the reforms needed in teacher educationMar 4, 2010 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... Mary Kalantzis, the dean of the College of EducationCollege faculty unionization still contested territory, scholar saysApr 13, 2010 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite growth in recent decades, unionization of higher education faculty remains contested, and its modern concerns can be traced back to the 1910s and 1920s, according to a University of Illinois expert in historical issues involving faculty work and faculty workers.Perchance to dream, perchance to write for young childrenApr 15, 2010 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An approach to teaching young children the principles of writing and literacy that prohibits them from borrowing from our common cultural landscape is a problematic one, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.Color-blind racial ideology linked to racism, both online and offlineApr 21, 2010 9:00 am1618 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Images from racial theme parties that are posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace not only elicit different reactions from different people based on their race and their attitudes toward diversity, they also represent an indirect way to express racist views about minorities, according to published research by a University of Illinois professor who studies the convergence of race and the Internet.Illinois professor receives four-year $1.4 million grant from NICHDApr 28, 2010 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Brendesha Tynes, a professor of educational psychology and of African American studies at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a $1.4 million grant to study the effects of online racial discrimination. The grant is from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socializationMay 20, 2010 9:00 am757 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A sink-or-swim mentality for socializing new employees will ultimately only drain organizations of their best talent over time, according to new research by a University of Illinois expert in workplace dynamics.Why should kids get summers off?Jun 7, 2010 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Carolyn Shields, a professor of educationHigher education under siege, scholar argues in new bookJun 18, 2010 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Colleges and universities are under siege from an array of economic, political and cultural forces that are dramatically changing higher education as we know it - but not for the better, according to Cary Nelson, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois.Better alignment needed between high schools, community collegesJul 15, 2010 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High schools need to work with community colleges to align their curricula better and to reduce the number of students who need to enroll in remedial courses, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies community college education policy.Youth literature festival to feature authors, variety of art formsSep 14, 2010 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nationally known and emerging authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers will engage with their young readers and readers young at heart during the second Youth Literature Festival. The festival, to take place Oct. 9 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus, celebrates the ways in which written works enrich the lives of young people and promotes reading as a fun activity.