In a Huffington Post op ed piece, professor Emma Adam discusses how to help adolescents lessen stress in high-anxiety times and always. Research shows that stress, especially stress of a social nature, has long-term impacts on health.
Learning Sciences doctoral student Elizabeth Dyer was awarded a dissertation fellowship from the American Education Research Association (AERA) to investigate responsive teaching practices in mathematics. Responsive teaching, which attends to and builds on students’ emerging ideas about mathematics, has been linked to increased learning gains.
Racial minorities who live with daily stress of prejudice may pay a price affecting their long-term health. The Boston Globe quotes SESP professor Emma Adam on the study she helped lead that showed the effects of discrimination on stress and health.
In both blacks and whites, everyday feelings of discrimination can mess with the body’s levels of the primary stress hormone, cortisol, new research suggests. In African-Americans, however, the negative effects of perceived discrimination on cortisol are stronger than in whites, according to the study, one of the first to look at the biological response to the cumulative impact of prejudicial treatment. The team of researchers, led by SESP professor Emma Adam, also found that the teenage years are a particularly sensitive period to be experiencing discrimination.
Professor James Spillane received a $1 million Lyle Spencer Research Award for a comparative study of school systems. In an effort to develop needed knowledge for education reform, Spillane’s research will investigate the relationship between various types of school systems and improving instruction.
Assistant professor Michael Horn recently traveled to Korea to give a presentation on the effective design of interactive digital museum exhibits. His presentation at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems was recognized with a Best Paper Award.
SESP professor James Spillane researches the transitions of novice school principals. A recent study with the University of Texas at Austin’s Linda Lee examines what new principals face when starting in their positions and offers recommendations for easing this process.