Research

In a randomized controlled trial of 106 high school students receiving “high dose” academic tutoring and mentoring, SESP associate professor Jonathan Guryan and fellow University of Chicago Urban Education Lab researchers found that the two-pronged -- academic and behavioral -- intervention closed nearly two-thirds of the average gap in math test scores between white and black students.

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Grant Funds New Network for Public Science Education and Outreach

Grant Funds New Network for Public Science Education and Outreach

Northwestern University is part of a new multi-institutional initiative to encourage education and outreach efforts that extend the impact of federal scientific research. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to a five-year initiative called the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration (BIONIC).

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Sunshine State News: David Figlio's Report Shows Tax Scholarship Students Keep Up with Peers Nationally

<em>Sunshine State News:</em> David Figlio's Report Shows Tax Scholarship Students Keep Up with Peers Nationally

Professor David Figlio's new study shows low-income students participating in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program are performing at the same level as their peers nationally, according to Sunshine State News.

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How Children Categorize Living Things

How Children Categorize Living Things

Linguistic and cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world. In a study conducted by Andrea Taverna with professors Sandra Waxman and Douglas Medin, the responses of children from three different cultural communities in Argentina to what is living differed, offering a glimpse of how linguistic, cultural and experiential forces shape understanding of the natural world.

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Kirabo Jackson Finds Increased School Spending Helps Poor Kids

Kirabo Jackson Finds Increased School Spending Helps Poor Kids

New research by SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson shows that increases in K-12 school spending lead to better outcomes for children living in poverty. His exhaustive research investigated four decades’ worth of data on the impact of court-mandated changes in school finance.

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Northwestern Partners on New Center to Study Education Leaders' Use of Research

Northwestern Partners on New Center to Study Education Leaders' Use of Research

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $5 million to the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University to create a new center that will study how educational leaders — including school district supervisors and principals — use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.

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Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Awarded NAE/Spencer Fellowship

Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Awarded NAE/Spencer Fellowship

Elizabeth Dyer, a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at SESP, was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for the coming academic year. Only 30 fellows were chosen from more than 600 applications from students at about 100 graduate institutions.

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