blog postsStudy examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander interventionAug 11, 2014 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of middle-school youth reveals the powerful role of school culture, including teachers' and staff members' perceptions, in creating environments that promote or discourage bullying and bystander intervention.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am320 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Social and emotional learning's role in stemming school violenceJun 16, 2014 9:00 am18 views A Minute With™... Durriyyah Kemp, a community health educator with University of Illinois ExtensionAnalytic method uncovers pranksters who tamper with surveysJun 11, 2014 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Self-administered surveys are a vital tool for researchers who gather sensitive information about adolescents. But young people who provide untruthful answers on questionnaires as pranks have the potential to throw researchers' findings way off track, particularly studies that involve minority groups.60th anniversary of Brown v Board and recent affirmative action rulingsMay 21, 2014 9:00 am16 views A Minute With™... U. of I. educational historian James D. AndersonLeisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am252 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life - they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stressMay 5, 2014 9:00 am604 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorders experience significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms and stress than mothers of typically developing children, a study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests.The phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in miceApr 16, 2014 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries.More than 20 percent of middle school students experience inappropriate touching, study saysApr 8, 2014 9:00 am136 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than one in five youth in middle school has experienced physical sexual violence such as being inappropriately touched against their will while at school, a new study suggests.U. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-beingMar 20, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am153 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they're older, a new study suggests.Book explores educational value of religion in public schoolsMar 10, 2014 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sponsored prayer and scripture readings in the nation's public schools, the role of religion in education remains a sharply divisive topic in many communities.Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts sayFeb 10, 2014 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values.Federal budget deal offers some welcome stability for researchFeb 3, 2014 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Peter Schiffer, a professor of physics and the vice chancellor for researchExperts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young childrenJan 16, 2014 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors - patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction - are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes.Ceremony to mark establishment of Confucius Institute at IllinoisNov 13, 2013 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Officials from Jiangxi Normal University in Nanching, China, and the University of Illinois will sign an agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the Urbana campus during an event Nov. 21 (Thursday).Book: private schools not as effective as some advocates suggestNov 11, 2013 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am399 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don't agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers' awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.Should college athletes be paid?Oct 2, 2013 9:00 am51 views A Minute With™... former coach Don Hardin and sports economist Scott Tainsky, both faculty members in recreation, sport and tourismTeacher collaborative releases guide to support new teachersSep 18, 2013 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When school bells began ringing a few weeks ago to convene a new academic year, thousands of novice teachers embarked upon their first teaching assignments in Illinois. However, statistics show that within five years, about 30 to 40 percent of these new teachers will leave the profession, often as a result of a perceived lack of support from their schools' administrations.Reforms would benefit early childhood education programs in IllinoisSep 10, 2013 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois officials need to re-examine enrollment and funding policies for the state's public early childhood education programs to eliminate barriers that may keep the neediest of children from attending.Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial developmentAug 26, 2013 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The formal and informal learning opportunities provided by multigenerational black communities in the South - and how similar grassroots efforts can turn around racial disparities in academic achievement in the U.S. today - are the focus of a new book by educational researcher Saundra Murray Nettles.Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problemsJul 15, 2013 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.Has higher education failed to prepare primary and secondary teachers?Jul 1, 2013 9:00 am30 views A Minute With™... Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher EducationSkills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fightingMay 6, 2013 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Middle school children who completed a social-emotional skills learning program at school were 42 percent less likely to engage in physical fighting a year later, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study findsApr 18, 2013 9:00 am578 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.'Social capital' key to workers' success on the job, study saysApr 9, 2013 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The quality of the social relationships that newly hired people develop with other employees in their work groups is critical to newcomers' job satisfaction, learning their responsibilities and their ability to fit in to the workplace culture, a new study suggests.Cultural issues in education, society focus of conferenceMar 25, 2013 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The role of culture in educational and social interventions will be the focus of a conference in Chicago to be hosted by the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learningMar 7, 2013 9:00 am193 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - U.S. high school "sink or swim" placement policies that propel immigrant students into courses that they're linguistically and academically unprepared for - or conversely, that funnel all newcomers into remedial courses or service-oriented vocational programs - may undermine these students' academic success and their motivation to learn, new research suggests.What we've learned about the role of social media as a tool of revolutionDec 20, 2012 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... education professor Linda HerreraLGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicideNov 12, 2012 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at significantly greater risk of truancy and of considering and attempting suicide than their heterosexual classmates - even when bullying isn't involved, according to a new study of more than 11,000 middle and high school students.UNC literacy expert will give annual Goldstick lecture at IllinoisNov 2, 2012 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Karen Erickson, a literacy expert, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Nov. 8. Erickson's talk is titled "Conditions of Literacy Learning Success for Students With Significant Disabilities."Will the U.S. Supreme Court end race-based affirmative action in college admissions?Oct 22, 2012 9:00 am52 views A Minute With™... James D. Anderson, the Gutgsell Professor of Educational Policy StudieImproving access to education for Greek Roma among goals of projectOct 9, 2012 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Greece struggles to rebuild its shattered economy, humanitarian agencies worry about the impact that the nation's stringent reductions in wages and social services may have on vulnerable populations such as the Roma (also known as Romani, gypsies and travelers), many of whom live in extreme poverty on society's fringes.Scholars' work aimed at transforming literacy educationOct 2, 2012 9:00 am123 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Today's teachers face classrooms of students who cut their teeth using electronic communications, and two education scholars at the University of Illinois have just released both a software application and a new book that they believe will profoundly change the teaching of literacy for this technology-savvy group and generations to come.Sixteen authors to take part in Youth Literature Festival at U. of I.Oct 1, 2012 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Celebrated authors of books for children and adults will share their enthusiasm for their craft in a series of events as part of the College of Education's annual Youth Literature Festival, to be observed Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 4-6).Factors that help students feel safer at school identified in studySep 11, 2012 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Incidents such as the one that took place at Normal Community High School on Friday (Sept. 7), during which a student armed with a gun briefly took classmates and a teacher hostage at the Illinois school before being subdued, provide sobering reminders that crisis plans are as imperative as lesson plans in U.S. schools today.Children aware of popularity issues as early as third grade, study showsSep 5, 2012 9:00 am130 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children's social goals at the beginning of a school year may predict whether they'll be more popular - or less popular - by the end of that academic year, a new study conducted at the University of Illinois suggests.Images on health websites can lessen comprehension, study findsAug 27, 2012 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults' comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study.Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am503 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students with cognitive and learning disabilities who engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.Will the next economic bust be caused by student loans?May 15, 2012 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... Angela Lyons, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and the director of the Center for Economic and Financial EducationScience museum event launches neuroscience education programMar 7, 2012 9:00 am80 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Brainiacs of all ages are invited to explore the mysteries of the brain and nervous system March 11 during an afternoon of games and activities at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign. The event, F.I.N.D. Orphy, will kick off a new science education outreach program jointly sponsored by the Orpheum and the University of Illinois that highlights the research of the university's neuroscientists.Social media may help women overcome computer anxietyMar 6, 2012 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No matter how many hours a day young women spend tweeting and texting, downloading electronic media or communicating online with co-workers or friends, many of them believe they're not as competent at using computer technology as the men around them. Since the Internet's infancy, researchers have observed a distinct gender divide in attitudes toward and adoption of computer technology, with many women tending to feel intimidated by it, a phenomenon called computer anxiety.Fun, incentives both essential in motivating workers' online learningFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am102 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Companies that want to motivate workers to use electronic-based or digital training programs need to make training modules fun and stimulating whenever they can, and offer extrinsic incentives, such as wage increases and user support, when employees need extra enticement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.U. of I. program targets growing obesity rate among Midwest HispanicsFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hispanics living in the Midwest have the highest obesity rates among Latinos in the U.S., and in Illinois, the percentage of obese Latino children 6-11 years of age has doubled since 2001, standing now at 24 percent.Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bulliesDec 19, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of more than 346 middle-school children indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect a bullying victim, especially if the boy is a member of a peer group in which bullying is the norm. The study also suggests that anti-bullying programs that focus on bystander intervention and empathy training aren't likely to have much impact unless attention is given to reducing bullying perpetration within children's peer groups.Why Illinois – and many states – may seek a waiver to No Child Left BehindNov 1, 2011 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Katherine Ryan, a professor of educationNew course will show teachers how to create, use educational gamesOct 24, 2011 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With an increasing number of children "wired" from an early age, adept at playing computer games and surfing the Web by elementary school, future teachers need to know how to integrate educational games into their teaching practice, according to Wen-Hao (David) Huang, a professor in the department of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Huang wants to "game-ify" the classroom by teaching future educators how to develop engaging interactive games that they can use as effective instructional tools.Bisexual teens at highest risk of bullying, truancy, suicideOct 13, 2011 9:00 am1629 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. How limited English students move to English-only classes questionedOct 6, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Policymakers may want to rethink how they determine when children with limited English skills are fluent enough to learn in English-only classrooms, says a new study by an education professor at the University of Illinois.