Agent-based computer modeling provides educators with a new approach for exploring subjects from chemistry and biology to the social sciences. Research by Uri Wilensky finds that agent-based modeling increases student engagement and learning.
New York Times reports findings by SESP professor David Figlio and his colleagues that a disadvantaged start hurts boys more than girls. Boys from poor neighborhoods start kindergarten start school less prepared than girls, and the gap keeps widening: They are more likely to be suspended, skip school, perform poorly on standardized tests, drop out, commit crimes and have behavioral or learning disabilities.
The Canadian newspaper La Presse features professor Emma Adam's study of the stress hormone cortisol, showing the connection between discrimination, stress and health, showing discrimination stress has a cumulative effect over time. The discrimination has a greater long-term physiological impact when it occurs during adolescence.
Fox News quotes associate professor Jonathan Guryan on the benefits of a high-intensity tutoring program in Chicago Public Schools. His research shows tutoring enabled 9th and 10th graders to learn two to three years’ worth of math in one year and even helped students who were 10 years behind grade level. These students face the greatest risk of dropout and incarceration.
The School of Education and Social Policy received a prestigious Lyle Spencer Research Award of nearly $1 million to expand computational literacy in schools. Northwestern is the only school in the country to receive two Lyle Spencer awards this year. The three-year project seeks to incorporate computational literacy into required high school science and mathematics courses.
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.