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  • Skills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fighting

    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 finds

    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 says

    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 conference

    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 learning

    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 revolution

    A Minute With™... education professor Linda Herrera

  • LGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicide

    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 Illinois

    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?

    A Minute With™... James D. Anderson, the Gutgsell Professor of Educational Policy Studie

  • Improving access to education for Greek Roma among goals of project

    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 education

    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.

    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 study

    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 shows

    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 finds

    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 suggests

    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?

    A Minute With™... Angela Lyons, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and the director of the Center for Economic and Financial Education

  • Science museum event launches neuroscience education program

    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 anxiety

    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 learning

    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 Hispanics

    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 bullies

    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 Behind

    A Minute With™... Katherine Ryan, a professor of education

  • New course will show teachers how to create, use educational games

    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, suicide

    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 questioned

    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.

  • Nationally recognized expert on public schools to lecture at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John Q. Easton will discuss his most recent book, "Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons From Chicago," in two lectures at the University of Illinois next week.

  • Could social media become an educational technology in classrooms?

    A Minute With™... Evangeline (Vanna) Pianfetti, a faculty member in the department of educational psychology

  • Children view same-race friendships differently for blacks, whites

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African American children who have mainly African American friends may be viewed as "cool" and more popular by their classmates - but white students who affiliate mostly with other white students may be perceived less positively, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

  • How limited English students move to English-only classes questioned

    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.

  • Can a voucher system like Indiana's improve educational outcomes?

    A Minute With™... Chris Lubienski, a professor of education policy, organization and leadership

  • Child bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents, study shows

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who bully others are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence when they enter adolescence, according to a new study led by bullying expert Dorothy Espelage at the University of Illinois.

  • Numbers of women, minorities in math, science don't add up, researchers say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study by a scholar at the University of Illinois suggests that the U.S. may not be falling as far behind its industrialized peers in educating future generations of scientists as previously thought. Significantly more female and minority college students are majoring in and obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields than reports have indicated if these disciplines, known by the acronym STEM, are viewed broadly.

  • Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatment

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Reality television series such as "Intervention" that claim to provide unflinching portraits of addiction and treatment don't accurately depict either one, and, at worst, the shows' focus on the most extreme cases may deter some viewers from seeking help, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

  • Learning about disabilities fosters social acceptance, study finds

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kindergartners who listen to stories about their similarities with children who have disabilities and engage in activities with peers who have special needs are more socially accepting, develop better communication skills and are less likely to engage in bullying behaviors, according to a new study by two special education professors.

  • Values, peers shape minority males' academic success, study finds

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the U.S. to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of having the largest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, educators, policymakers and families will need to address the barriers that discourage minorities from pursuing higher education. A new study by Lorenzo DuBois Baber, a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the unique challenges facing African American and Latino males.

  • Education reform: Demanding proof of performance from Illinois teachers

    A Minute With™... Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education

  • Illinois a leader in providing early learning programs to at-risk children

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois leads other states in the U.S. in ensuring that at-risk young children are provided with early childhood education, according to a new study by a researcher in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.

  • Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classrooms

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A gap in reading and math scores still exists in lower grades, with boys continuing to outpace girls in math, and girls ahead of boys in reading, two University of Illinois education professors say.

  • Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screenings

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Complex cultural and gender beliefs about manliness and sexuality that discourage Latino men from seeking health care - and stigmatize the digital rectal exam as emasculating - could explain why some men don't seek care until the cancer has progressed, diminishing their chances for recovery.

  • White House testimony on creating a national plan to reduce bullying

    A Minute With™... educational psychology professor Philip Rodkin

  • U. of I.'s literacy software could make No Child Left Behind exams 'history'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While social media such as Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way people communicate, educational practices haven't kept pace, relying on outdated, limited tools such as standardized tests that don't reflect the profound changes precipitated by the Web. An interdisciplinary team of experts at the University of Illinois is developing software that they believe will transform the practice of writing assessment - and potentially eliminate cumbersome proficiency testing such as that mandated by state and federal agencies as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Changes in the Middle East, driven by a Facebook generation

    A Minute With™... sociologist Asef Bayat and education professor Linda Herrera

  • Symposium in Chicago to focus on all aspects of charter schools

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Charter schools as agents of change in American education will be the focus of a March 15 symposium at the Illini Center in Chicago that will feature scholars who have varying perspectives on the issue.

  • Teacher conference to focus on ways to recruit, retain teachers

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - New teacher induction and mentoring will be the focus of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's sixth annual conference.

  • Combination of services helps mothers with chronic substance abuse issues

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that mothers with chronic substance abuse problems are more likely to make progress in recovering from addiction - and to reunite with their children in state custody - if they receive residential treatment plus community-based transitional services.

  • Restructuring in College of Education to foster research, teaching, more

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The College of Education at the University of Illinois recently announced a restructuring that is expected to better support collaborative research and teaching by merging three departments. The merger also is expected to help the college maximize resources, be more competitive in obtaining external funding and address high-impact research and policy initiatives on the state and national levels. The restructuring, which took effect Jan. 1, created a department - called Education Policy, Organization and Leadership - from the former departments of educational policy studies, educational organization and leadership, and human resource education.

  • U. of I. project examining applied baccalaureate degree programs

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - President Barack Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union address, said that postsecondary education is critical to the U.S. economic recovery, and reiterated his goal that 55 percent of 25-34 year-old Americans hold associate degrees or higher degrees by 2025.

  • Parents can explore new STEM magnet school at panel discussion Feb. 16

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Parents of preschoolers who want to explore and ask questions about the opportunities available at the new Booker T. Washington Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics magnet elementary school in Champaign are invited to a panel discussion Feb. 16 (Wednesday) on the University of Illinois campus.

  • Fewer college students are graduating on time, and it's costing plenty

    A Minute With™... Jennifer Delaney, a professor of educational organization and leadership