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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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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 of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Formosa, Argentina) with Sandra Waxman and Douglas Medin of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and SESP at Northwestern University, 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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Cynthia Coburn Relays Education Policy Research in Chile

Cynthia Coburn Relays Education Policy Research in Chile

“New policies should focus on educating teachers,” stated the headline of an interview with SESP professor Cynthia Coburn in El Mercurio, the primary newspaper of Santiago, Chile. Coburn was in Chile last week to give a public lecture as the Chair of Educational Change at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago.

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Doug Medin Study Contrasts Native American and Non-Native Storybooks

Doug Medin Study Contrasts Native American and Non-Native Storybooks

Culture shapes U.S. classroom learning in many ways, with the primary but often unnoticed influence being European-American culture, according to professor Douglas Medin. He and his co-researchers shone a light on one example of culture influencing science thinking by comparing children’s stories written by both Native American and non-Native authors.

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