Research News Archive

Research News Archive

Guryan's Work Helps Spark Social Policy Revolution

Guryan's Work Helps Spark Social Policy Revolution

Northwestern University economist Jonathan Guryan is on the front lines of a social policy revolution in Chicago, according to the latest issue of Chicago Magazine.

Senior to Present Research at Big Ideas Forum

Senior to Present Research at Big Ideas Forum

Subin Hwang will present her research examining the public health response to the refuge crisis in Germany during the next Big Ideas forum on Feb. 8.

Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?

Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Professor David Figlio have published research asking the question that has challenged elite universities and liberal arts colleges alike in recent times: “Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?”

Faculty Recognized in Edu-Scholar Rankings

Faculty Recognized in Edu-Scholar Rankings

For the fifth consecutive year, researchers from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy have been named to Education Week’s “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 of the most influential academics in education policy.

Coburn Receives Grant to Study Educational Gap

Coburn Receives Grant to Study Educational Gap

Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn has received one-year, $70,000 grant to study how schools are creating stronger and more seamless connections between preschool and elementary school.

Two-Gen Researchers Receive $1.4 Million Grant

Two-Gen Researchers Receive $1.4 Million Grant

Teresa Eckrich Sommer, co-director of Northwestern University’s Two Generation Research Initiative, has received a four-year, $1.4 million grant to study the expansion of an innovative education program that combines quality early learning for preschoolers with career training in the healthcare field for their low income parents.

Wilensky, Horn Receive $2.5 Million National Science Foundation Grant

Wilensky, Horn Receive $2.5 Million National Science Foundation Grant

Learning scientists and computer scientists Uri Wilensky and Michael Horn have received a three-year, 2.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study how to effectively incorporate computational thinking into high school STEM courses.

Spillane Recognized as Top Education Leadership Researcher

Spillane Recognized as Top Education Leadership Researcher

Two new studies cite Northwestern professor, who helped pioneer the concept of "distributed leadership" as leading expert in the field

Is Stress Contributing to the Achievement Gap?

Is Stress Contributing to the Achievement Gap?

Researchers find that race-based stressors, such as perceived discrimination and stereotype threat, can affect sleep and cortisol levels. These physiological changes can impact learning.

Why We Fall Prey to Misinformation

Why We Fall Prey to Misinformation

Even when we know better, our brains often rely on inaccurate or misleading information to make future decisions, according to new research by Northwestern University psychology professor David Rapp.

Figlio's Research Cited in Columbus Dispatch

Figlio's Research Cited in Columbus Dispatch

Intergenerational political warfare could erupt more frequently as baby boomers grow old in their suburban homes, changing the demographics of their communities.

Kirabo Jackson Finds Single-Sex Schooling Boosts School Outcomes, Lowers Crime

Kirabo Jackson Finds Single-Sex Schooling Boosts School Outcomes, Lowers Crime

Recent research by SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson's latest study finds positive evidence of single-sex education improving students' academic achievement and decreasing their criminal activity—and how that happens.

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.

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.

<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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

<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.

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.

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.

<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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

<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.

<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.