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    How school discipline primes the school to prison pipeline for young blacks

How school discipline primes the school to prison pipeline for young blacks

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The link between students being involved with exclusionary disciplinary policies such as suspension and expulsion and their later involvement with the criminal justice system as an adult is relatively well known. But is there a racial component to this school to prison pipeline? In new research, Racheal Pesta used national data to examine the relationship between students’ race and […]

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    Book Review: U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

Book Review: U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

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In U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter draw upon their popular NYU course, ‘Science of Happiness’, to offer a guide to flourishing at university and in life. But how exactly do universities promote wellbeing? Rather than breaking new ground, this book treads a rather familiar Positive Psychology path, finds Jules Evans, […]

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    Book Review: Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology by Karen Head

Book Review: Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology by Karen Head

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In Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology, Karen Head draws on a ‘view from inside’ of developing and teaching a first-year writing massive open online course (MOOC) to critically interrogate the claim that such technology will fundamentally ‘disrupt’ educational structures. This is an eloquent and intricate analysis that shows how personal experience and practice can add nuance […]

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    Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

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Over the last 20 years, US schools have widely adopted annual student testing, a move which many researchers believe may have been of little benefit to students’ educational outcomes. Julian R. Betts, Youjin Hahn and Andrew C. Zau examine the impact of a different type of mathematics testing – one which is aimed at determining students’ strengths and weaknesses […]

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    In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

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In a time of increasing anxiety about Islam in much of American society, how are universities responding to expressions of faith by their Muslim students? In new research focusing on George Mason University, Anne Daguerre explored issues of faith and national policy within university life. Here, she discusses her findings and reflects on their wider cultural context.

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    Among underemployed college graduates, the role of class looms large

Among underemployed college graduates, the role of class looms large

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Compared to past decades, a far higher percentage of Americans now attend college. But those who graduate often must contend with high levels of student debt, and face a more uncertain labor market which can lead to underemployment. In new research which looks at post-college underemployment, Kody Steffy finds that those graduates who considered that they were voluntarily underemployed […]

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    It’s good for students when parents work with teachers to design and produce their education.

It’s good for students when parents work with teachers to design and produce their education.

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The New York City Department of Education has long recognized the role of parent involvement in student academic achievement. Indeed, parents and teachers can work together to ‘coproduce’ educational services to benefit student achievement. However, we do not know what kind of coproduction directly and effectively supports educational attainment. In a new research, Julio Zambrano-Gutiérrez, Amanda Rutherford, and Sean […]

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    The demographics of America’s schools are changing, and policymakers need to be up to the challenge.

The demographics of America’s schools are changing, and policymakers need to be up to the challenge.

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The US’ demographic landscape continues to shift; now the majority of babies are born to minority groups, and this presents a huge public policy challenge for the coming decades. Kfir Mordechay writes that educators and policy makers must consider all possible strategies, including housing assistance and creating more specialized schools, to improve the educational outcomes for this new and […]

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    African American and disabled youth are overrepresented in behavior–focused and academic remediation schools

African American and disabled youth are overrepresented in behavior–focused and academic remediation schools

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School districts in the US often have many different types of high schools – some are traditional neighborhood schools, while others are more innovative or focused on behavior or academic remediation. In new research Aaron B. Perzigian, Kemal Afacan, Whitney Justin, and Kimber L. Wilkerson examine the characteristics of students across these school types. They find […]

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    Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their White peers.

Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their White peers.

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African American and Hispanic students entering undergraduate education in the state of Illinois are far less likely than their White peers to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Research by Bob Blankenberger identifies changes that can be made in promoting the ACT core curriculum and early enrollment programs such as offering AP and dual credit classes in Illinois’ high schools that […]

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