Research News Archive

Research News Archive

Education Week: Kirabo Jackson's Study Finds Lesson Plans Benefit Weaker Teachers

Education Week: Kirabo Jackson's Study Finds Lesson Plans Benefit Weaker Teachers

Giving weaker teachers good lessons plans - -not professional development -- benefits weaker teachers, according to recent research by Kirabo Jackson.

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CBS News on Diane Schanzenbach's Study: Is Economy Shortening People's Lives?

CBS News on Diane Schanzenbach's Study: Is Economy Shortening People's Lives?

CBS News features a study by SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach on why Americans are seeing their longevity decline and mortality rates increase. "People who are poor live a lot less -- a striking amount less -- than the rich," she said.

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<em>Sun-Times</em>: Study Shows Innovative Counseling Program Cuts Youth Crime, Dropout

Sun-Times: Study Shows Innovative Counseling Program Cuts Youth Crime, Dropout

Crimes committed by young men prone to violence dropped in half, and high-school graduations rose sharply in an innovative counseling program, according to a study co-headed by SESP associate professor Jon Guryan.

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Students Fare Worse in Virtual Algebra Classrooms

Students Fare Worse in Virtual Algebra Classrooms

In a study of high-achieving eighth graders, the students who took Algebra 1 online performed worse than similar students taking the course in a traditional classroom.

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Mike Horn Guides Innovators to Develop Coding App for Kids

Mike Horn Guides Innovators to Develop Coding App for Kids

Northwestern University's Michael Horn helped inspire "Strawbies," a coding game that uses physical blocks and an iPad to make coding more collaborative and creative. Horn, a professor of computer science and learning sciences, previously conducted research at the Boston Museum of Science that provided the basis for the game.

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Jeannette Colyvas to Collaborate on ‘Big Ideas’ Biomedicine Research

Jeannette Colyvas to Collaborate on ‘Big Ideas’ Biomedicine Research

A “Big Ideas” grant from Northwestern’s Buffett Institute will enable SESP associate professor Jeannette Colyvas and her colleagues to create a research group in Global Medical Cultures and Law that will research “Biomedicine and Traditional Medicine across Cultures.”

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David Brooks in <em>New York Times</em> Cites Kirabo Jackson's Teacher Research

David Brooks in New York Times Cites Kirabo Jackson's Teacher Research

Paul Tough reports on research by SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson that shows while some teachers are good at raising their students’ test scores, other teachers are really good at improving their students’ school engagement. "Today we have to fortify the heart if we’re going to educate the mind," writes Brooks.

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Study Finds School Leaders Widely Use Research

Study Finds School Leaders Widely Use Research

The largest survey yet of educational research use among school and district leaders finds positive attitudes toward the value of research and frequent use of research for decision-making. Focusing at the local level, this study is by the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice.

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Late-Term Births May Offer Long-Term Future Benefits

Late-Term Births May Offer Long-Term Future Benefits

Research by professor David Figlio shows that children born at 41 weeks performed better in school than their full-term counterparts. This research should enrich conversations with OB-GYNs about the ideal time to have a baby.

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Mike Horn, Northwestern Alum Collaborate on Newly Released Game

Mike Horn, Northwestern Alum Collaborate on Newly Released Game

When Felix Hu was a student at Northwestern, he worked with SESP assistant professor Michael Horn on an educational game to teach young children computer programming. The game, called Coding, was just released as a commercial product.

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Bloomberg Features PhD Student Claudia Persico's Research on Toxic Waste Site Impact on Kids

Bloomberg Features PhD Student Claudia Persico's Research on Toxic Waste Site Impact on Kids

Children who grow up near toxic waste sites are more likely to suffer from cognitive disabilities, repeat grades, score lower on tests and misbehave in school than siblings born after the pollution has been cleaned up, research by SESP PhD student Claudia Persico and professor David Figlio suggests.

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David Figlio: Power of Big Data for Education Problem-Solving

David Figlio: Power of Big Data for Education Problem-Solving

SESP professor David Figlio created a massive data set matching birth and education records that provides a powerful tool for research. Data science now allows social scientists to better solve problems.

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Claudia Haase: Angry Outbursts Tied to Heart Problems

Claudia Haase: Angry Outbursts Tied to Heart Problems

Exploding with anger during a marital spat can increase risk of cardiovascular problems later in life, while shutting down emotionally can contribute to back pain, according to new research by SESP's Claudia Haase and the University of California.

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Shirin Vossoughi to Study Makerspaces as NAEd/Spencer Fellow

Shirin Vossoughi to Study Makerspaces as NAEd/Spencer Fellow

SESP assistant professor Shirin Vossoughi was selected to be a 2016 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, with research on tinkering programs that design for equity.

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Sandra Waxman in <em>Scientific American</em>: Cultural Differences in Autism Diagnoses

Sandra Waxman in Scientific American: Cultural Differences in Autism Diagnoses

Behaviors that are considered red flags in the U.S. and Western Europe are considered normal, even desirable, in other parts of the world, according to professor Sandra Waxman and her blog co-authors.

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Mesmin Destin Selected as William T. Grant Scholar

Mesmin Destin Selected as William T. Grant Scholar

SESP assistant professor Mesmin Destin was selected for the 2016 class of William T. Grant Scholars.

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Kirabo Jackson Named Carnegie Fellow

Kirabo Jackson Named Carnegie Fellow

SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson was named a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, based on his outstanding scholarship and proposed research on “Identifying Excellent Teachers.”

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Grant Foundation Features Cynthia Coburn's Findings on 'Conceptual Use of Research'

Grant Foundation Features Cynthia Coburn's Findings on 'Conceptual Use of Research'

Conceptual use of research, such as district leaders reading and discussing a book based on research about school improvement, influences policy actions and problem solving decisions across the school system, according to professor Cynthia Coburn and Caitlin Farrell.

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Shanker Institute Highlights Jim Spillane's Work on Leveraging Education's 'Social Dimension'

Shanker Institute Highlights Jim Spillane's Work on Leveraging Education's 'Social Dimension'

In a new collection called "The Social Side of Education," the Shanker Institute features professor James Spillane's writing on "Broadening the Educational Capability Conversation: Leveraging the Social Dimension."

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Understanding the Boy Problem

Understanding the Boy Problem

Crossing boundaries as economists, SESP professors David Figlio and Jonathan Guryan are taking a multidimensional approach to help narrow the education achievement gap between boys and girls. Their research on the “boy problem” is pointing to improving family dynamics and innovative classroom strategies.

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Mesmin Destin in <em>Boston Globe</em>: Students Who See Path to College Work Harder

Mesmin Destin in Boston Globe: Students Who See Path to College Work Harder

Boston Globe in "Pay to Play" reported SESP assistant professor Mesmin Destin's finding that poor students — but not affluent students — who learned about financial aid reported that they would study more and were more likely to consider college.

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Ending Mass Incarceration in the United States

Ending Mass Incarceration in the United States

SESP assistant professor Heather Schoenfeld is investigating why states are seeking prison reform and how these efforts might help the U.S. reverse mass incarceration.

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SESP Studies Show New Funding Improves Schools, <em>Slate</em> Reports

SESP Studies Show New Funding Improves Schools, Slate Reports

Research by associate professors Diane Schanzenbach and Kirabo Jackson show new funding for schools improves student achievement and school quality.

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College Success: Jim Rosenbaum Sees Alternatives to Bachelor's Programs

College Success: Jim Rosenbaum Sees Alternatives to Bachelor's Programs

With nearly half of community college students dropping out, professor James Rosenbaum finds good options to a bachelor's degree for lower-income students.

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How Early Is Infants' Attention Affected by Culture?

How Early Is Infants' Attention Affected by Culture?

By age two, infants’ attention to objects and events may be shaped by their culture, according to new cross-cultural research by professor Sandra Waxman, comparing infants in the U.S and China.

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Diane Schanzenbach on White House Panel: Food Stamp Program 'Investment, Not Charity'

Diane Schanzenbach on White House Panel: Food Stamp Program 'Investment, Not Charity'

The federal food stamp program has a strong impact on health, education and economic self-sufficiency, according to leading economist Diane Schanzenbach, who presented at a White House panel on child hunger.

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SESP Researchers Undertake Adolescent Stress Study in Dominica

SESP Researchers Undertake Adolescent Stress Study in Dominica

Dominica News reports that postdoctoral researcher Royette Tavernier, who works with professor Emma Adam, is conducting a study to assess stress, coping, health and resilience among youth in Dominica after tropical storm Erika.

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Emma Adam on WGBH: 'How Discrimination Affects Your Hormone Levels'

Emma Adam on WGBH: 'How Discrimination Affects Your Hormone Levels'

SESP professor Emma Adam discovered a link between cortisol levels and experiences with racism that showed the long-term effect of being discriminated against as a teenager.

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<em>Washington Post</em> Reports Jon Guryan's Lottery Research: 'No Lucky Stores'

Washington Post Reports Jon Guryan's Lottery Research: 'No Lucky Stores'

There is no such thing as a "lucky" lottery store, although associate professor Jon Guryan's study found lottery sales jump as much as 38 percent at stores selling winning tickets.

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Jolie Matthews Explores History Learning in Online Fan Forums

Jolie Matthews Explores History Learning in Online Fan Forums

Digital learning expert and SESP assistant professor Jolie Matthews examines how people talk about history in online fan communities.

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Summer Reading Program Can Shrink Socioeconomic Reading Gaps

Summer Reading Program Can Shrink Socioeconomic Reading Gaps

An experiment by associate professor Jonathan Guryan found that a scaffolded summer reading program could shrink the summer reading gap experienced by children in lower socioeconomic status (SES) families.

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<em>New York Times</em> Features Michael Wolf's Study on Prescription Confusion

New York Times Features Michael Wolf's Study on Prescription Confusion

“We learn over and over again how challenging it is to maintain a drug regimen,” said Michael Wolf (MA06), an epidemiologist at Feinberg School of Medicine and a Learning Sciences graduate and faculty member.

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Universities' Messages about Socioeconomic Diversity Affect Academic Confidence

Universities' Messages about Socioeconomic Diversity Affect Academic Confidence

When students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds perceive their universities to be “chilly” towards students from their backgrounds, their academic confidence suffers, according to new Northwestern studies.

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Cynthia Coburn Champions Education Research to Improve Schools

Cynthia Coburn Champions Education Research to Improve Schools

Professor Cynthia Coburn, who is part of a renaissance in the field of educational research, is an expert on partnerships between education researchers and practitioners, called research-practice partnerships.

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David Uttal Receives Grant for Early STEM Learning Museum Project

David Uttal Receives Grant for Early STEM Learning Museum Project

A young child’s “playful tinkering” may lead to much more serious interest in science later on in life. That’s the rationale behind professor David Uttal’s new project with Chicago Children's Museum to advance early learning opportunities in STEM.

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Why Are Boys Falling Behind?

Why Are Boys Falling Behind?

Boys, especially African-American boys, are falling behind -- both behaviorally and educationally -- according to new research by SESP professor David Figlio. Young males, it appears, are extra sensitive to disadvantage.

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<em>New York Times</em>: David Figlio Finds Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls

New York Times: David Figlio Finds Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls

The New York Times reports new findings by SESP professor David Figlio and his colleagues that a disadvantaged start hurts boys more than girls. Family disadvantage takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters.

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<em>La Presse</em> Features Emma Adam's Research on Discrimination Stress

La Presse Features Emma Adam's Research on Discrimination Stress

The Canadian newspaper La Presse features professor Emma Adam's study showing discrimination stress has a cumulative effect on health over time. The discrimination has a greater long-term impact when it occurs during adolescence.

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Fox News Features Jon Guryan's Research Showing Benefits of Intensive Tutoring

Fox News Features Jon Guryan's Research Showing Benefits of Intensive Tutoring

Fox News quotes associate professor Jonathan Guryan on the benefits of a high-intensity tutoring program in Chicago Public Schools. Intense tutoring enabled 9th and 10th graders at risk of dropping out to learn two to three years’ worth of math in one year.

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SESP Receives $1M Spencer Award to Expand Computational Literacy in Schools

SESP Receives $1M Spencer Award to Expand Computational Literacy in Schools

The School of Education and Social Policy received a prestigious Lyle Spencer Research Award of $1.1 million to expand computational literacy in schools by teaching skills in required high school science and mathematics courses.

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Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Wins AERA Research Fellowship

Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Wins AERA Research Fellowship

Learning Sciences doctoral student Elizabeth Dyer was awarded a dissertation fellowship from the American Education Research Association to investigate responsive teaching practices in mathematics, which attend to and build on students’ thinking.

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<em>Boston Globe</em> Quotes Emma Adam about Stress of Prejudice Harming Long-Term Health

Boston Globe Quotes Emma Adam about Stress of Prejudice Harming Long-Term Health

Racial minorities who live with daily stress of prejudice may pay a price affecting their long-term health, according to SESP professor Emma Adam's study reported in the Boston Globe.

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Discrimination during Adolescence Has Lasting Effect on Body

Discrimination during Adolescence Has Lasting Effect on Body

Perceived discrimination alters the body’s stress hormone levels, and in African-Americans the negative effects are stronger than in whites, according to a study of cumulative effects led by professor Emma Adam. The teenage years are a particularly sensitive period.

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Jim Spillane Receives $1 Million Spencer Award for School System Research

Jim Spillane Receives $1 Million Spencer Award for School System Research

Professor James Spillane received a $1 million Lyle Spencer Research Award for a comparative study of school systems. Spillane’s research will investigate the relationship between various types of school systems and improving instruction.

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Mike Horn Wins Best Paper Award for Presentation in Korea

Mike Horn Wins Best Paper Award for Presentation in Korea

Assistant professor Michael Horn's presentation in Korea on the effective design of interactive digital museum exhibits won a Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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Improving the Transitions of Novice Principals

Improving the Transitions of Novice Principals

SESP professor James Spillane researches the transitions of novice school principals. A recent study examines challenges for new principals and how to ease this process.

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<em>Atlantic</em> Features Dan McAdams on Life Stories

Atlantic Features Dan McAdams on Life Stories

An Atlantic magazine article on the importance of life narratives to personality features the work of SESP professor Dan McAdams.

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Emma Adam, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Coauthor Study Finding Weight Gain with Fatherhood

Emma Adam, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Coauthor Study Finding Weight Gain with Fatherhood

A study of how fatherhood affects health found that a 6-foot-tall man who becomes a dad gains an average of 4.4 pounds. SESP professors Emma Adam and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale coauthored the study with lead author Craig Garfield.

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White House Report Highlights SESP Research on Disadvantaged Youth

White House Report Highlights SESP Research on Disadvantaged Youth

A report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors highlights findings of associate professors Jonathan Guryan, on reducing crime and dropout, and Diane Schanzenbach on preschool education and income inequality.

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Mike Horn Receives Prestigious CAREER Award to Expand Computing

Mike Horn Receives Prestigious CAREER Award to Expand Computing

Assistant professor Michael Horn received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study computational literacy in informal learning environments, through a project called “Blocks, Stickers, and Puzzles.”

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