Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

SPRING 2015

Penelope Peterson

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the spring issue of Inquiry! Spring brings many changes to the Northwestern campus. Purple crocuses poke up their heads, chartreuse buds appear on trees, and undergraduates show their knees as they peel off the winter layers. Seasonal change comes regularly to campus and to all of us each spring. Social change is less regular, more unpredictable, and often requires work on our part.

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  • Creating Social Change

    In this issue: Creating Social Change

    In the Northwestern tradition of painting The Rock with meaningful messages, Inquiry highlights a key goal of the School of Education and Social Policy: understanding how to bring about beneficial social change to improve people’s lives.

  • Living a Civically Involved Life
    Living a Civically Involved Life

    What makes individuals naturally inclined to become social change agents? The ongoing research of professor Dan McAdams, the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology at SESP, builds on the decades-old concept of “generativity”-an adult’s internal desire to contribute to the next generation, whether through parenting, work, or community and civic involvement.

  • Driving Education Change with Research
    Driving Education Change with Research

    When Cynthia Coburn started investigating in the early 2000s how teachers, school leaders and policy makers use educational research to improve student outcomes, she was hard-pressed to find a journal or other outlet to publish her research.

  • Designing Games for Social Change
    Designing Games for Social Change

    When families gather to play board games, they want to have fun. At the same time, though, they may pick up some serious attitude change on social issues.