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 […]
Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand
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 […]
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.
Ethnic diversity has […]
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 […]
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 […]
African American and disabled youth are overrepresented in behavior–focused and academic remediation schools
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 […]
Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their White peers.
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 […]
How high school training for work in blue-collar communities helps manufacture workplace gender inequality.
In states in the Rust Belt and the Southeast, many high schools emphasize courses related to local blue-collar work in order to better prepare students for careers in local industries. In new research, April Sutton, Amanda Bosky and Chandra Muller find that such emphases are often at the expense of college-preparation courses, which in turn has a knock-on effect […]
Those who traditionally attend racially similar schools tend to seek out a similar environment for their own children, a trend which can reinforce school segregation. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Stefani Thachik and Kim Bridges have studied families in a gentrifying neighborhood, finding that many who came from privileged backgrounds wished to send their own children to public schools and to invest in […]