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Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology, presented new research at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association indicating that sexual violence/harassment is prevalent in middle school environments.

More than 20 percent of middle schoolers experience inappropriate touching

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2014

More than one in five youth in middle school has experienced physical sexual violence such as being inappropriately touched against their will while at school, a new study suggests.

Published Date: April 8, 2014


U. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


Many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Austism Spectrum Disorders can be identified when children are as young as age 2, suggests a new study by alumna Laurie M. Jeans, right, and Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, a faculty member in the College of Education.

Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.

Published Date: March 17, 2014


A new book by Walter Feinberg and Richard A. Layton examines the academic merits  and complexities  of teaching religion curricula in public schools. Feinberg is professor emeritus in the College of Education. Layton is a professor of religion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Book explores educational value of religion in public schools

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 10, 2014

More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sponsored prayer and scripture readings in the nation’s public schools, the role of religion in education remains a sharply divisive topic in many communities.

Published Date: March 10, 2014


Public schools service learning projects often fail at inclusiveness, marginalizing students with disabilities from full, meaningful participation, according to a new paper by Jay Mann, the director of the Office of Clinical Experiences in the College of Education. Michelle Bonati, graduate student, left, and Stacy Dymond, a professor of special education at Illinois collaborated on the research.

Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 10, 2014

Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values. However, these curricula may be failing at their civic mission by promoting narrow views of civic engagement and marginalizing people with disabilities, say experts in special education at the University of Illinois and the University of Maine.

Published Date: February 10, 2014