Education News

Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental health

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2015

Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost moms’ mental health too, new research suggests.

Published Date: July 14, 2015


Jameson Brewer is co-editor of a new book that offers insider perspectives on the culture and philosophies of the nonprofit organization Teach for America. Brewer, who is a TFA alumnus, is associate director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education.

New book offers look inside Teach for America

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

Jameson Brewer graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in education in December 2008, just as the U.S. economy tumbled into the Great Recession. When the recession, coupled with Brewer’s limited experience as a student teacher, stymied his efforts to find a teaching position, he eventually signed on with the alternative certification program Teach for America, hoping the two-year commitment would provide the experience he needed to jumpstart his career.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


Websites geared toward older adults are providing this population with new opportunities to discuss and explore their sexuality, according to a netnography co-written by Liza Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.

Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sex

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:June 10, 2015

Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.

Published Date: June 10, 2015


Illinois guaranteed-tuition law is making higher education less affordable for students who attend its public colleges and universities, according to analyses by education professor Jennifer A. Delaney and Tyler D. Kearney, an associate director of the Office for Planning and Budgeting.

Illinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordable

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 26, 2015

Illinois’ guaranteed-tuition law is causing tuition rates at the state’s public colleges and universities to escalate faster than they would if schools were allowed to adjust tuition rates annually, say two experts in higher education finance from the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 26, 2015


Pakpoom Buabthong, a senior in physics, displays the Deployer cellphone app, which enables users to access and share animated educational videos created by Scientific Animations without Borders. Pictured with Buabthong are SAWBO co-founders Julia Bello-Bravo and Barry Pittendrigh.

New mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videos

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2015

Pakpoom Buabthong, a senior in physics, displays the Deployer cellphone app, which enables users to access and share animated educational videos created by Scientific Animations without Borders. Pictured with Buabthong are SAWBO co-founders Julia Bello-Bravo and Barry Pittendrigh.

Published Date: May 15, 2015


Health issues in Africa to be focus of conference

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

Infectious disease expert Mosoka P. Fallah, one of five “Ebola fighters” honored as a Person of the Year by Time in 2014, will be among the speakers at an upcoming symposium at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


New Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2015

By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter schools throughout the city.

Published Date: May 1, 2015


A study led by Dorothy L. Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development and Hardie Scholar, found that the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step effectively reduced peer aggression among youths with disabilities.

Program reduces bullying by students with disabilities, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 31, 2015

Bullying perpetration decreased by 20 percent over a three-year period among youths with disabilities who participated in a social and emotional learning program, a new study found.

Published Date: March 31, 2015


The education experts cited in media stories and blog posts may have little background in research or education policy, suggests a new study by, left, curriculum specialist Joel R. Malin and education professor Christopher Lubienski, both at the University of Illinois.

Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2015

The education experts cited in media stories and blog posts may have little background in research or education policy, suggests a new study by, left, curriculum specialist Joel R. Malin and education professor Christopher Lubienski, both at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: February 20, 2015


Half as many girls in Illinois are preparing for careers in STEM, according to a study by, from left, curriculum specialist Joel Malin, doctoral student Asia Fuller Hamilton, and director Donald Hackmann of the Pathways Resource Center.

Illinois trailing other states in girls studying science, math

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2015

A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.

Published Date: February 4, 2015


Dorothy L. Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the College of Education, led a study that examined the efficacy of the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step.

Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2015

A curricula that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program’s efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found.

Published Date: January 16, 2015


Special education professor Meghan M. Burke examined parents' use of procedural safeguards in resolving disputes with schools about the education provided to their children with autism.

Family income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autism

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 12, 2015

Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education, according to a recent survey of parents.

Published Date: January 12, 2015


A new study by Karen Rudolph indicates that boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at Illinois.

Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014


New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado Taft

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 17, 2014

When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind a rough manuscript for a biography of Lorado Taft, the Illinois sculptor who helped the city of Chicago carve its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur. When historian Stephen Thomas and art historian Robert G. La France came across the unfinished manuscript among Weller’s papers in the University of Illinois Archives, they found Weller’s story on Taft’s rise to prominence so compelling that they couldn’t let it go untold.

Published Date: November 17, 2014


Two-year colleges are the focus of the new book, The ASHE Reader on Community Colleges, Vol. 4, co-edited by Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, a faculty member in the College of Education and in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership.

New book examines the missions, challenges of two-year colleges

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2014

The history, challenges and controversies surrounding two-year colleges are explored in a new book co-edited by two faculty members at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 5, 2014


A computer sensing game developed by Illinois alumnus Juan F. Mancilla-Caceres (pictured) and faculty members Eyal Amir, computer science, and Dorothy Espelage, educational psychology, effectively identifies bullying behavior among players.

Illinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bullies

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 3, 2014

A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs face to face or online.

Published Date: November 3, 2014


Teaching and research are strongly linked as part of the student learning experience in An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie, with essays by Illinois faculty from a wide range of disciplines. The book was recently published by the University of Illinois Press.

Teaching and Research are a Potent Educational Mix, Say U. of I. Faculty in a New Book

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 3, 2014

A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap. That’s not the reality, however, for many University of Illinois faculty – including those whose 18 essays appear in “An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie,” recently published by the University of Illinois Press.

Published Date: November 3, 2014


Boys who engage in homophobic teasing are prone to perpetrating sexual harassment two years later, according to a new study led by Dorothy Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassment

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:October 29, 2014

Boys who engage in homophobic teasing are prone to perpetrating sexual harassment two years later, according to a new study led by Dorothy Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 29, 2014


Ann P. Kaiser, Vanderbilt University, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture.

Expert on language delays to give annual Goldstick Lecture

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:October 20, 2014

Ann P. Kaiser, the Susan W. Gray Professor of Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 20, 2014


Education historian James D. Anderson will deliver the annual Brown Lecture in Education Research in Washington, D.C.

Education historian James D. Anderson to deliver Brown lecture in Washington, D.C.

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2014

James D. Anderson, an expert on desegregation and American education history and faculty member at the University of Illinois, will deliver the 11th annual Brown Lecture in Education Research.

Published Date: October 9, 2014


Education professor Gloriana Gonzlez is using animated cartoons to help mathematics teachers in high-needs high schools improve their instruction.

Educator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instruction

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2014

In a unique research project funded by the National Science Foundation, education professor Gloriana González at the University of Illinois is developing animated cartoons to help geometry instructors become better teachers.

Published Date: October 9, 2014


RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY: New research by doctoral student Tamilia D. Reed and educational psychology professor Helen A. Neville indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is critical to black American women's life satisfaction and mental health.

Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 24, 2014

A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans’ mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women’s psychological well-being.

Published Date: September 24, 2014


Linda Herrera, a social anthropologist in the department of education policy, organization and leadership at Illinois, found there was much more going on behind the scenes and in online spaces than what initially appeared in Egypt's 'Facebook revolution' of 2011.

Intrigue, power struggles and genuine doubt all found in the Facebook of Egypt's revolution

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 17, 2014

Egypt’s 2011 revolution, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a big believer in the power of social media. A past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed events through their Facebook pages, the University of Illinois education professor became, for a moment in time, a “complete cyber-optimist.”

Published Date: September 17, 2014


A multidisciplinary team is researching Illinois college students' attitudes toward health insurance and Obamacare. The team: (from left, seated) Julian Reif, health economics and finance; Brian Quick, communication and College of Medicine; (from left, standing) Chelsey Byers, Extension; Laura Payne, Extension and recreation, sport and tourism; Susan Farner, kinesiology and community health; Maggie Phan, research assistant, Extension; Carien Williams, College of Medicine; and Marian Huhman, communication.

Uninsured community college students confused about Obamacare, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:September 4, 2014

Young adults in Illinois who recently obtained coverage under Illinois’ expanded Medicaid program said they were unfamiliar with “Obamacare” and were unaware that their Medicaid benefits were related to the federal health care law, according to a new survey of community college students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: September 4, 2014


The federal stimulus hurt rather than helped college access and affordability by prompting reductions in student financial aid programs, suggest analyses by Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor in the department of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education.

Federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2014

While state lawmakers honored provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by not slashing their appropriations for higher education during the recent economic crisis, a new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney indicates that the stimulus program may have failed to promote college access and affordability.

Published Date: August 26, 2014


Bystander intervention programs may have limited success in addressing bullying in middle schools unless children and adults perceive school officials as committed to eradicating the problem, suggests a new study by Dorothy L. Espelage. Espelage is a Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the College of Education.

Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander intervention

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 11, 2014

A new study of middle-school youth reveals the powerful role of school culture, including teachers’ and staff members’ perceptions, in creating environments that promote or discourage bullying and bystander intervention.

Published Date: August 11, 2014


Educational psychologist Joseph Robinson-Cimpians sensitivity analysis helps researchers identify potential mischievous responders  teens who intentionally provide false information on questionnaires as a prank.

Analytic method uncovers pranksters who tamper with surveys

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:June 11, 2014

Self-administered surveys are a vital tool for researchers who gather sensitive information about adolescents. But young people who provide untruthful answers on questionnaires as pranks have the potential to throw researchers’ findings way off track, particularly studies that involve minority groups.

Published Date: June 11, 2014


Racial disparities in college graduation rates are tied to families accumulation of assets and debt, suggests new research by social work professor Min Zhan and Deirdre Lanesskog, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work.

Ability to finish college – especially for blacks – affected by family debt, new study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:May 22, 2014

Family debt diminishes students’ prospects of graduating from college, and is particularly detrimental to black students’ chances of earning degrees, suggests a new study by social work professor Min Zhan and doctoral student Deirdre Lanesskog, both at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 22, 2014


Recreation, sport and tourism professor Kimberly Shinew and doctoral student LaWanda Cook studied the significance of leisure activities in the lives of employed adults with mobility impairments.

Leisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 19, 2014

While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life – they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.

Published Date: May 19, 2014


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


A new monograph, co-edited by Michaelene Ostrosky, an expert in early childhood special education at Illinois, presents research-based practices that families, teachers and practitioners can use to address and prevent problem behaviors.

Experts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young children

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2014

Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors – patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction – are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes.

Published Date: January 16, 2014


Ceremony to mark establishment of Confucius Institute at Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 13, 2013

Officials from Jiangxi Normal University in Nanching, China, and the University of Illinois will sign an agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the Urbana campus during an event Thursday (Nov. 14).

Published Date: November 13, 2013


Private and charter schools may not be as educationally effective as policymakers and school-choice advocates are leading Americans to believe, according to research by education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski. Their studies are explored in a new book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.

Book: Private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 11, 2013

A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.

Published Date: November 11, 2013


Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 4, 2013

New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don’t agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers’ awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.

Published Date: November 4, 2013


Susan Fowler, left, and Dawn Thomas reviewed six pilot programs aimed at recruiting hard to reach families whose children might not otherwise attend Illinois public early childhood education programs. Fowler is a faculty member in the College of Education; Thomas is project coordinator for the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map.

Reforms would benefit early childhood education programs in Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 10, 2013

Illinois officials need to re-examine enrollment and funding policies for the state's public early childhood education programs to eliminate barriers that may keep the neediest of children from attending.

Published Date: September 10, 2013


Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, 'Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South'' (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial development

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2013

Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, "Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South" (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Published Date: August 26, 2013


A new study indicates that adolescent substance abuse has roots in bullying, fighting and familial violence, including conflict between siblings. Dorothy Espelage, a faculty member in the College of Education, led the research.

Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2013

Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.

Published Date: July 15, 2013


A social-emotional skills learning program for sixth-graders decreased physical fighting by 42 percent, suggests a study led by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage in the College of Education.

Skills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fighting

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 6, 2013

Middle school children who completed a social-emotional skills learning program at school were 42 percent less likely to engage in physical fighting a year later, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study, which is ongoing, involves more than 3,600 children at 36 middle schools across Illinois and Kansas, the largest sample to date used to investigate the impact of a social-emotional skills learning program on the behavior of middle school students.

Published Date: May 6, 2013


Gangs presence in the vicinity of schools both escalates levels of violence associated with bullying and creates a climate of fear and victimization that discourages adults and youth from intervening, suggests a study by alumnus Anjali Forber-Pratt, left, and co-author Dorothy Espelage in the College of Education.

Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 18, 2013

The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.

Published Date: April 18, 2013


New hires success on the job is highly dependent on their knowledge of the formal and informal social systems in the workplace, suggests a new study led by Russell Korte, a professor of  human resource development in the College of Education.

'Social capital' key to workers' success on the job, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 9, 2013

The quality of the social relationships that newly hired people develop with other employees in their work groups is critical to newcomers job satisfaction, learning their responsibilities and their ability to fit in to the workplace culture, a new study suggests.

Published Date: April 9, 2013


Cultural issues in education, society focus of conference

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 25, 2013

The role of culture in educational and social interventions will be the focus of a conference in Chicago to be hosted by the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 25, 2013


High schools placement policies and teachers biases about immigrant students abilities can be detrimental to students academic success, according to studies by Liv Thorstensson Dvila, a professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education.

School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learning

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 7, 2013

U.S. high school sink or swim placement policies that propel immigrant students into courses that theyre linguistically and academically unprepared for or conversely, that funnel all newcomers into remedial courses or service-oriented vocational programs may undermine these students academic success and their motivation to learn, new research suggests.

Published Date: March 7, 2013


While bullying tends to peak at age 13-14 and decline sharply as youth progress through high school, boys who are gay/bisexual are bullied at significantly higher rates their heterosexual peers after leaving school, suggests a new study by Joseph P. Robinson, left, and Dorothy Espelage, both faculty members in the College of Education.

Bullying 'gets better' for most - but not all - teens, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2013

Bullied teens often are assured that it gets better. And a new study suggests that bullying does, indeed, tend to decline as teens progress through high school and move toward adulthood.

Published Date: February 4, 2013


The Wildlife Medical Clinic has created a classroom-focused website to educate students from kindergarten through high school about wildlife, natural resources and conservation efforts by engaging the students with hands-on Internet-based lessons.

New website educates about wildlife, conservation, natural resources

Author: Madeline Ley

Published Date:February 4, 2013

The Web has become a little more wild with the introduction of a website that explores human interactions with the natural world. The Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois recently created a classroom-focused website called Wildlife Encounters to educate students of all ages about the world around them.

Published Date: February 4, 2013


Youth that are sexual minorities are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts, regardless of whether they are bullied by their peers, suggests a new study by Joseph P. Robinson, left, and Dorothy Espelage, both faculty members in the College of Education.

LGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicide

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 12, 2012

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at significantly greater risk of truancy and of considering and attempting suicide than their heterosexual classmates even when bullying isnt involved, according to a new study of more than 11,000 middle and high school students.

Published Date: November 12, 2012


UNC literacy expert will give annual Goldstick lecture at Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 2, 2012

Karen Erickson, a literacy expert, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Nov. 8. Ericksons talk is titled Conditions of Literacy Learning Success for Students With Significant Disabilities.

Published Date: November 2, 2012


The Education and Lifelong Learning Project is one component of the European Commissions far-reaching strategy for promoting the welfare of Roma children, youth and adults.

Improving access to education for Greek Roma among goals of project

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2012

As Greece struggles to rebuild its shattered economy, humanitarian agencies worry about the impact that the nations stringent reductions in wages and social services may have on vulnerable populations such as the Roma (also known as Romani, gypsies and travelers), many of whom live in extreme poverty on societys fringes.

Published Date: October 9, 2012


An interdisciplinary research team led by education professors Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis has developed a Web-based social media environment for writing and assessment.

Scholars' new software aimed at transforming literacy education

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 2, 2012

Todays teachers face classrooms of students who cut their teeth using electronic communications, and two education scholars at the University of Illinois have just released both a software application and a new book that they believe will profoundly change the teaching of literacy for this technology-savvy group and generations to come.

Published Date: October 2, 2012


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Sixteen authors to take part in Youth Literature Festival at U. of I.

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2012

Celebrated authors of books for children and adults will share their enthusiasm for their craft in a series of events as part of the College of Educations annual Youth Literature Festival, to be observed Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 4-6).

Published Date: October 1, 2012


A  new study by graduate researcher Jun Sung Hong (pictured) and faculty member Mary Keegan Eamon, both in the School of Social Work, found that whether adolescents feel vulnerable to violence at school depends on factors such as being able to make friends easily at school and regularly conversing with their parents about their concerns.

Factors that help students feel safer at school identified in study

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:September 11, 2012

Incidents such as the one that took place at Normal Community High School on Friday (Sept. 7), during which a student armed with a gun briefly took classmates and a teacher hostage at the Illinois school before being subdued, provide sobering reminders that crisis plans are as imperative as lesson plans in U.S. schools today.

Published Date: September 11, 2012


The health care industry needs to think carefully about the types of pictures used to illustrate patient education web sites, since older adults comprehension can be negatively impacted by irrelevant material, suggests a new study co-authored by Daniel Morrow, a faculty member in the College of Education and in the Beckman Institute.

Images on health websites can lessen comprehension, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2012

Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study.

Published Date: August 27, 2012


Students with cognitive and learning disabilities that were taught the fundamentals of self-determination were  more likely to access mainstream curricula and achieve their academic and other goals, according to new  research by Karrie Shogren, a professor of special education in the College of Education.

Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 24, 2012

Students with cognitive and learning disabilities that engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: July 24, 2012


A childs temperament, sex and the type of bullying they experience all influence whether the child subsequently becomes depressed or more aggressive after being victimized, indicates a study by graduate student Niwako Sugimura, left, and psychology professor Karen D. Rudolph.

Anti-bullying efforts should be tailored to victims' needs, study shows

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:July 2, 2012

Girls with poor self-control become as physically aggressive as the average boy when theyre bullied, suggests a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: July 2, 2012


A new study by David Strauser, a faculty member in community health, sheds light on why adult survivors of childhood cancer often have trouble keeping employment, particularly if they were diagnosed during a critical developmental period between the ages of 6-12.

Cancer in childhood can have negative impact on career readiness

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:July 2, 2012

Young adult survivors of childhood cancer often have problems maintaining jobs and relationships, researchers have found. A new study of childhood brain tumor survivors by disability researcher David Strauser, a professor of community health at the University of Illinois, suggests that a battle with cancer during a critical developmental period in middle childhood may negatively affect career readiness and achievement as an adult by compromising childrens development of an effective work personality.

Published Date: July 2, 2012


The proliferation of corporate universities - and the high-profile titles assigned to those organizations and the people who lead them  reflects the growing importance of worker education programs in todays business environment, according to Jessica Li, a faculty member in the College of Education and the author of a new study about corporate learning.

More companies turning to universities to educate workforce, study shows

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:May 29, 2012

The partnership of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with American Public University to provide online college degree programs to Walmarts U.S. workforce has generated skepticism among some in academia.

Published Date: May 29, 2012


Turkey was chosen as the destination because it is considered a safe place to travel, a focus of global attention, and a crossroads between the West and the Islamic world.

Dateline Turkey: Illinois students get a turn as foreign correspondents

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 2, 2012

Four classes, four continents. About every two years, a small class of University of Illinois journalism students under the supervision of professor Nancy Benson reports from a different part of the world, taking a two-week turn as foreign correspondents.

Published Date: May 2, 2012


A new study indicates that exposure to broad generalizations about the likely success of a social group  boys or girls, for example  undermines both boys and girls performance on a challenging task.

Even positive stereotypes can hinder performance, researchers report

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2012

Does hearing that you are a member of an elite group of chess players, say, or scholars enhance your performance on tasks related to your alleged area of expertise? Not necessarily, say researchers who tested how sweeping pronouncements about the skills or likely success of social groups can influence childrens performance.

Published Date: April 23, 2012


Project NEURON research group: Back row, from left, neuroscience graduate student Claudia Lutz, biology undergraduate Thomas Wolfe, curriculum and instruction graduate student Westyn Garber and neuroscience undergraduate Sandhya Prathap; middle row, entomology graduate student Nicholas Naeger, professors Barbara Hug and Donna Korol, curriculum and instruction graduate student Kristen Talbot; front row, biology graduate student Hillary Lauren.

Science museum event launches neuroscience education program

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 7, 2012

Brainiacs of all ages are invited to explore the mysteries of the brain and nervous system March 11 during an afternoon of games and activities at the Orpheum Childrens Science Museum in Champaign. The event, F.I.N.D. Orphy, will kick off a new science education outreach program jointly sponsored by the Orpheum and the University of Illinois that highlights the research of the universitys neuroscientists.

Published Date: March 7, 2012


A new study led by Wen-Hao David Huang examines how gender influences perceptions about using Web 2.0 applications for learning. Huangs co-authors were professor Denice Ward Hood, right, and Sun Joo Yoo, a graduate student in human resource development, all in the department of education policy, organization and leadership.

Social media may help women overcome computer anxiety

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 6, 2012

A new study by researchers in the College of Education at the University of Illinois suggests that social networking and video sharing applications could be effective in helping women transcend their computer anxiety and bridge the digital divide.

Published Date: March 6, 2012


Education professor Wenhao David Huang, right, collaborated with graduate students Sun Joo Yoo, left, and Seung-hyun Caleb Han on researching e-training initiatives. They found that companies need to focus on making programs enjoyable and mentally stimulating for employees whenever possible, and offering extrinsic incentives such as pay increases and promotions when employees need extra motivation.

Fun, incentives both essential in motivating workers' online learning

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 21, 2012

Companies that want to motivate workers to use electronic-based or digital training programs need to make training modules fun and stimulating whenever they can, and offer extrinsic incentives, such as wage increases and user support, when employees need extra enticement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: February 21, 2012


Enhancing cognition in older adults also changes personality

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 18, 2012

A program designed to boost cognition in older adults also increased their openness to new experiences, researchers report, demonstrating for the first time that a non-drug intervention in older adults can change a personality trait once thought to be fixed throughout the lifespan.

Published Date: January 18, 2012


Levels of unsecured debt, such as payday loans and credit cards, influence whether children attend and graduate from college, especially children from low-income and minority families, according to recent studies by Min Zhan, a professor in the School of Social Work, and Michael Sherraden, a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis.

Family debt hurts children's chances for success in college, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:January 9, 2012

Families that have high amounts of unsecured debt, such as outstanding credit card balances and payday loans, diminish their childrens prospects of attending or graduating from college, according to a new study by social work professors Min Zhan at the University of Illinois and Michael Sherraden, the founder of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

Published Date: January 9, 2012


New research by Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology in the College of Education, indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect bullying victims, especially if their friends engage in high levels of bullying perpetration.

Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bullies

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:December 19, 2011

A new study of more than 346 middle-school children indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect a bullying victim, especially if the boy is a member of a peer group in which bullying is the norm. The study also suggests that anti-bullying programs that focus on bystander intervention and empathy training arent likely to have much impact unless attention is given to reducing bullying perpetration within childrens peer groups.

Published Date: December 19, 2011


First Professional Science Master's graduates are finding jobs

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 12, 2011

The 3-year-old Illinois Professional Science Masters program got its start during a recession, but most of its 2010 graduates are already pursuing careers in the fields they chose. It took most a few months to find work, although some and at least two of the 2011 graduating class were offered jobs while still in school.

Published Date: December 12, 2011


New course will show teachers how to create, use educational games

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 24, 2011

With an increasing number of children wired from an early age, adept at playing computer games and surfing the Web by elementary school, future teachers need to know how to integrate educational games into their teaching practice, according to Wen-Hao (David) Huang, a professor in the department of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education.

Published Date: October 24, 2011


Bisexual teens at highest risk of bullying, truancy, suicide

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 13, 2011

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 13, 2011


Educators to discuss how to better serve Latino pupils

Author: Dusty Rhodes, News Editor

Published Date:October 10, 2011

A panel of local educators who specialize in meeting the needs of immigrant children will discuss strategies for providing early childhood and elementary education to young Latinos at noon on Oct. 14 (Friday).

Published Date: October 10, 2011


Nationally recognized expert on public schools to lecture at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes, News Editor

Published Date:September 27, 2011

John Q. Easton will discuss his most recent book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons From Chicago, in two lectures at the University of Illinois next week.

Published Date: September 27, 2011


Children view same-race friendships differently for blacks, whites

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:September 21, 2011

African American children who have mainly African American friends may be viewed as cool and more popular by their classmates but white students who affiliate mostly with other white students may be perceived less positively, according to a new study co-authored by education professor Philip C. Rodkin.

Published Date: September 21, 2011


How limited English students move to English-only classes questioned

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:September 15, 2011

Policymakers may want to rethink how they determine when children with limited English skills are fluent enough to learn in English-only classrooms, says a new study by an education professor at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: September 15, 2011


Study of childhood bullying shifts focus to victims

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 30, 2011

Many wonder why bullies bully, but a new study looks at the other side of the equation: How do children respond to bullying and why? The answer, researchers say, may lead to more effective interventions to reduce the negative consequences and perhaps even the frequency of bullying.

Published Date: August 30, 2011


Study: Child bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 15, 2011

Children who bully others are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence when they enter adolescence, according to a new study led by bullying expert Dorothy Espelage at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 15, 2011


Numbers of women, minorities in math, science don't add up, researchers say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2011

A new study by a scholar at the University of Illinois suggests that the U.S. may not be falling as far behind its industrialized peers in educating future generations of scientists as previously thought. Significantly more female and minority college students are majoring in and obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields than reports have indicated if these disciplines, known by the acronym STEM, are viewed broadly.

Published Date: August 2, 2011


Learning about disabilities fosters social acceptance, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor

Published Date:June 2, 2011

Kindergartners who listen to stories about their similarities with children who have disabilities and engage in activities with peers who have special needs are more socially accepting, develop better communication skills and are less likely to engage in bullying behaviors, according to a new study by two special education professors.

Published Date: June 2, 2011


Values, peers shape minority males' academic success, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor

Published Date:May 11, 2011

For the U.S. to achieve President Barack Obamas goal of having the largest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, educators, policymakers and families will need to address the barriers that discourage minorities from pursuing higher education. A new study by Lorenzo DuBois Baber, a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the unique challenges facing African American and Latino males.

Published Date: May 11, 2011


Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classrooms

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:March 24, 2011

Education professors Joseph P. Robinson and Sarah Lubienski say a gap in reading and math scores still exists in lower grades.

Published Date: March 24, 2011


Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screenings

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2011

One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: March 15, 2011


U. of I.'s literacy software could make No Child Left Behind exams 'history'

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:March 7, 2011

While social media such as Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way people communicate, educational practices havent kept pace, relying on outdated, limited tools such as standardized tests that dont reflect the profound changes precipitated by the Web. An interdisciplinary team of experts at the University of Illinois is developing software that they believe will transform the practice of writing assessment and potentially eliminate cumbersome proficiency testing such as that mandated by state and federal agencies as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Published Date: March 7, 2011


Symposium in Chicago to focus on all aspects of charter schools

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 23, 2011

Charter schools as agents of change in American education will be the focus of a March 15 symposium at the Illini Center in Chicago that will feature scholars who have varying perspectives on the issue.

Published Date: February 23, 2011


Teacher conference to focus on ways to recruit, retain teachersT

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 23, 2011

New teacher induction and mentoring will be the focus of the Illinois New Teacher Collaboratives sixth annual conference.

Published Date: February 23, 2011


Restructuring in College of Education to foster research, teaching, more

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 10, 2011

The College of Education at the University of Illinois recently announced a restructuring that is expected to better support collaborative research and teaching by merging three departments. The merger also is expected to help the college maximize resources, be more competitive in obtaining external funding and address high-impact research and policy initiatives on the state and national levels. The restructuring, which took effect Jan. 1, created a department called Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from the former departments of educational policy studies, educational organization and leadership, and human resource education.

Published Date: February 10, 2011


U. of I. project examining applied baccalaureate degree programs

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:February 9, 2011

The Office of Community College Research and Leadership, a unit in the College of Educationat the University of Illinois, has begun a four-year project examining applied baccalaureate degree programs, which build upon historically terminal associate degrees, providing the upper-level course work and classes that help students progress through the baccalaureate level.

Published Date: February 9, 2011


Parents can explore new STEM magnet school at panel discussion Feb. 16

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2011

Parents of preschoolers who want to explore and ask questions about the opportunities available at the new Booker T. Washington Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics magnet elementary school in Champaign are invited to a panel discussion Feb. 16 (Wednesday) on the University of Illinois campus.

Published Date: February 4, 2011


U. of I. graduate student wins gold medal in international paralympics

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 25, 2011

Anjali Forber-Pratt, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, won the gold medal in the 200-meter race Tuesday, the fourth day of the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Published Date: January 25, 2011


Study correlates black college students' racial identity and well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:November 29, 2010

African American college students who have internalized a positive racial identity yet feel connected to other social groups report higher levels of psychological well-being than peers who have externalized or conflicted racial identities and spurn cultural inclusivity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 29, 2010


Study examines tie between aggression and caregiving environment

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:November 23, 2010

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that children who spend in excess of 30 hours per week in non-relative care through the age of 4 1/2 may be exposed to a social environment that popularizes aggression, leading some children to become more physically aggressive than peers who spend less time in nonmaternal care.

Published Date: November 23, 2010


A computer program aims to make it easier for children to learn math

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:November 10, 2010

Art Baroody, a professor emeritus of education, has developed a computer program to teach children math.

Published Date: November 10, 2010


Expert in language disorders in children to speak at Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 25, 2010

Maryann Romski, an expert in language disorders in children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Thursday (Oct. 28).

Published Date: October 25, 2010


Youth literature festival to feature authors, variety of art forms

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 14, 2010

Nationally known and emerging authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers will engage with their young readers and readers young at heart during the second Youth Literature Festival. The festival, to take place Oct. 9 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus, celebrates the ways in which written works enrich the lives of young people and promotes reading as a fun activity.

Published Date: September 14, 2010


Higher education funding may need decade or longer to recover, scholar says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:August 10, 2010

Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor of educational organization and leadership at Illinois, says the timeline for restoring funding for higher education to pre-recessionary levels will inevitably lengthen, or in a worst-case scenario, the funds may simply never reappear.

Published Date: August 10, 2010


Better alignment needed between high schools, community colleges

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2010

High schools need to work with community colleges to align their curricula better and to reduce the number of students who need to enroll in remedial courses, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies community college education policy.

Published Date: July 15, 2010


Higher education under siege, scholar argues in new book

Author: Sharita Forrest, Arts Editor

Published Date:June 18, 2010

Colleges and universities are under siege from an array of economic, political and cultural forces that are dramatically changing higher education as we know it but not for the better, according to Cary Nelson, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: June 18, 2010


Relationship building key driver of workplace socialization

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:May 20, 2010

A sink-or-swim mentality for socializing new employees will ultimately only drain organizations of its best talent over time, according to new research by Russell F. Korte, a University of Illinois expert in workplace dynamics.

Published Date: May 20, 2010


Illinois professor receives four-year $1.4 million grant from NICHD

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:April 28, 2010

Brendesha Tynes, a professor of educational psychology and of African American studies at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a $1.4 million grant to study the effects of online racial discrimination. The grant is from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Published Date: April 28, 2010


Color-blind racial ideology linked to racism, both online and offline

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:April 21, 2010

Images from racial theme parties that are posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace not only elicit different reactions from different people based on their race and their attitudes toward diversity, they also represent an indirect way to express racist views about minorities, according to published research by a University of Illinois professor who studies the convergence of race and the Internet.

Published Date: April 21, 2010


Perchance to dream, perchance to write for young children

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:April 15, 2010

An approach to teaching young children the principles of writing and literacy that prohibits them from borrowing from our common cultural landscape is a problematic one, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.

Published Date: April 15, 2010


College faculty unionization still contested territory, scholar says

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2010

Despite growth in recent decades, unionization of higher education faculty remains contested, and its modern concerns can be traced back to the 1910s and 1920s, according to a University of Illinois expert in historical issues involving faculty work and faculty workers.

Published Date: April 13, 2010


New teaching tools aid visually impaired students in learning math

Author: Sharita Forrest, Arts Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2010

Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.

Published Date: March 15, 2010


On-campus child care needed for increasing number of student-parents

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:February 22, 2010

The lack of affordable, high-quality on-campus day care programs that cater to undergraduate students who double as parents is a stealth issue that has the potential to harm both the student-parent and the child, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.

Published Date: February 22, 2010


Siblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:January 15, 2010

What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has for better or for worse a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: January 15, 2010


Adding technology to geometry class improves learning

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:December 15, 2009

A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in math education suggests that incorporating technology in high school-level geometry classes not only makes the teaching of concepts such as congruency easier, it also empowers students to discover other geometric relationships they wouldnt ordinarily uncover.

Published Date: December 15, 2009


Musical sensibility can help shape teaching, research education

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:October 28, 2009

The underlying similarities between teaching, research and music can be a powerful metaphor for education and qualitative inquiry, according to a University of Illinois professor of education.

Published Date: October 28, 2009


Students, teachers need to be transculturally literate, expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:September 24, 2009

To adequately prepare todays students for tomorrows global economy, teacher education expert Mark Dressman favors transcultural education, which he defines as an experience that goes beyond the traditional rite-of-passage trip to western Europe.

Published Date: September 24, 2009


War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger students

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:September 3, 2009

Whether theyre found in a museum or a textbook, historical narratives about traumatic events such as war and genocide are better left to older students, who have typically developed a more refined historical consciousness, says a University of Illinois professor who studies and teaches historical instruction.

Published Date: September 3, 2009


Parental influences differ in child's later academic success

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:August 12, 2009

Mothers and fathers play different roles and make different contributions to a childs upbringing, but a fathers influence upon a childs academic success later in life is felt the most when hes involved from the very beginning, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.

Published Date: August 12, 2009


Social skills, extracurricular activities in high school pay off later in life

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:July 23, 2009

A U. of I. professor who studies the sociology of education says that “soft skills” are better predictors of earnings and higher educational achievement later in life than having good grades and high standardized test scores.

Published Date: July 23, 2009


New book explores post-emancipation education of blacks in Mississippi

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:July 21, 2009

The story of the politics and policies of public education for newly freed slaves in post-bellum Mississippi is the subject of Christopher Span’s new book, “From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862-1875” (The University of North Carolina Press). Span is a professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: July 21, 2009


Market-style incentives to increase school choice have opposite effect

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2009

A market-based approach to increasing school choice actually leads to fewer educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged students in urban areas, according to a University of Illinois expert in education.

Published Date: July 15, 2009


U. of I. education expert: community colleges undervalued, underfunded

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2009

Popular culture may have an uncharitable attitude toward community colleges, but a University of Illinois expert in education says they are an underfunded community asset and an invaluable resource for first-generation college students, low-skilled adult workers and immigrants aspiring to enter college, and downsized workers and mid-career changers transitioning to a recession-proof career.

Published Date: July 14, 2009


Online tutorials help elementary school teachers make sense of science

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:June 18, 2009

David Brown, a professor in the U. of I. College of Education and expert in science education, says that interactive web-based science tutorials can be effective tools for helping elementary school teachers construct powerful explanatory models of difficult scientific concepts.

Published Date: June 18, 2009


Universities at risk if academic freedom wanes, new book says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2009

A persistent assault by the political right threatens to erode nearly century-old principles of academic freedom that have made U.S. universities a model for the world, a new book co-written by a University of Illinois legal expert warns.

Published Date: May 4, 2009


Applied baccalaureate degrees at two-year colleges play critical roles

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:April 30, 2009

Applied baccalaureate degree programs at community colleges not only offer a path for non-traditional students to earn a bachelor’s degree, but they also help state and local governments address shortages in the workforce, according to a University of Illinois expert.

Published Date: April 30, 2009


Ability grouping in elementary school hampers minority students' literacy

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:April 21, 2009

African-American and Hispanic students placed in ability groups for reading instruction learned less compared to demographically similar minority students who weren’t grouped by ability, a new study by a University of Illinois expert in the sociology of education found.

Published Date: April 21, 2009


Ivory tower needs to adapt to online media landscape, scholar says

Published Date:April 9, 2009

Universities need to embrace new online media, social networks and a culture of “openness” as part of their pedagogy, or they risk becoming seen as anachronisms in today’s hyper-connected world where information is available freely, says a University of Illinois expert who studies the knowledge economy’s effect on higher education.

Published Date: April 9, 2009


Certified teachers+modern instruction=better public-school math scores

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:February 25, 2009

In another “Freakonomics”-style study that turns conventional wisdom about public- versus private-school education on its head, a team of University of Illinois education professors has found that public-school students outperform their private-school classmates on standardized math tests.

Published Date: February 25, 2009


Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessness

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:February 12, 2009

As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno’s man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about “American Idol” than they do about American government doesn’t necessarily mean it’s entirely their fault.

Published Date: February 12, 2009


All work and no play makes for troubling trend in early education

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:January 26, 2009

Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child’s development instead of enhancing it, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.

Published Date: January 26, 2009


Online racial discrimination linked to depression, anxiety in teens

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:January 8, 2009

According to a new study published by a University of Illinois professor who studies race and the Internet, adolescents are increasingly experiencing both individual and vicarious discrimination online, which in turn triggers stress, depression and anxiety.

Published Date: January 8, 2009


Value of international math and science test questioned by scholar

Author: Phil Ciciora, Education Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2009

According to an Illinois education professor, one standardized test should not be taken as a final verdict on the quality of math and science education in U.S. elementary schools.

Published Date: January 6, 2009


Education secretary pick a pragmatic reformer, liked by teachers unions

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:December 16, 2008

The naming of Arne Duncan, chief executive of the Chicago public school system, to run the U.S. Department of Education signals that education will not be second-tier issue in a Barack Obama presidency, says James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: December 16, 2008


Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thought

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:December 9, 2008

Much more cross-gender bullying – specifically, unpopular boys harassing popular girls – occurs in later elementary school grades than previously thought, meaning educators should take reports of harassment from popular girls seriously, according to new research by a University of Illinois professor who studies child development.

Published Date: December 9, 2008


E-Learning can have positive effect on classroom learning, scholar says

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 26, 2008

Traditional classroom teaching in higher education could learn a thing or two from online teaching, otherwise known as e-learning, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies computer-mediated communication, information exchange and the Internet.

Published Date: November 26, 2008


Illinoisans unimpressed with quality of state's colleges and universities

Author: Jim Paul, IGPA

Published Date:June 23, 2008

While a large majority of Illinoisans say higher education is very important to achieve success, most of them believe the state’s colleges and universities are good but not great, according to a survey conducted for the University of Illinois.

Published Date: June 23, 2008


Public schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:May 23, 2008

tudents in public schools learn as much or more math between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students in private schools, according to a new University of Illinois study of multi-year, longitudinal data on nearly 10,000 students.

Published Date: May 23, 2008


Benefits of online interaction for teens outweigh danger, professor says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:November 6, 2007

Is there such a thing as being too safe on the Internet? One University of Illinois education researcher believes there is, at least when teenagers are concerned.

Published Date: November 6, 2007


Autism 'Red Flags' and intervention the subject of Nov. 1 talk at U. of I.

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2007

How to spot the early signs of autism and intervene will be the subject of a pubic talk Nov. 1 on the University of Illinois campus.

Published Date: October 18, 2007


Bully-prevention options for schools too narrow and untested

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 10, 2007

In the battle against drugs in the 1980s and '90s, schools overwhelmingly embraced the DARE program before research came to seriously question its effectiveness.

Published Date: August 10, 2007


Aging adults have choices when confronting perceived mental declines

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2007

Aging adults may joke about memory lapses and "early Alzheimer's." They may worry when they can't understand a drug plan or lose track of the characters in a novel.

Published Date: August 2, 2007


More than 120 local educators to attend Chancellor's Academy at U. of I.

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:July 25, 2007

Eighty local teachers, nearly double the number from last year - along with more than 40 school administrators - are expected to take part in the third annual Chancellor's Academy, which starts Monday (July 30).

Published Date: July 25, 2007


'Color-blind' 14th amendment not color-blind at all, professor says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:May 31, 2007

It is the central argument in many recent desegregation and affirmative action lawsuits, including school cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court: The 14th Amendment was written to make the Constitution color-blind and race-neutral.

Published Date: May 31, 2007


Learning outcomes in higher education the topic of May 4 talk at U. of I.

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 25, 2007

The assessment of college knowledge - what students have learned during their time on campus - has been moved to the forefront in many discussions on the future of higher education.

Published Date: April 25, 2007


Study finds school environment can moderate student aggression

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2007

The culture of a school can dampen - or exacerbate - the violent or disruptive tendencies of aggressive young teens, new research indicates. A large-scale study from the University of Illinois found that while personal traits and peer interactions have the most direct effect on the aggressive behavior of middle school students, the school environment also influences student aggression.

Published Date: April 23, 2007


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Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 11, 2007

There is no certainty in science, no such thing as "the truth." Nor is science completely rational, objective or free of cultural influence. There is no step-by-step procedure for doing science, no "scientific method," says University of Illinois education professor Fouad Abd-El-Khalick.

Published Date: April 11, 2007


New Illinois teachers are focus of statewide conference in Springfield

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 19, 2007

Keeping quality teachers in Illinois classrooms will be the agenda for a statewide conference Feb. 27-28 in Springfield, Ill., expected to draw more than 350 educators and policymakers.

Published Date: February 19, 2007


Global partnership aims to train 'exceptional' professionals

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:February 15, 2007

A new, three-way partnership joins the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tsinghua University in Beijing and several multinational corporations with the goal of educating a new breed of professionals better prepared for success in the global marketplace.

Published Date: February 15, 2007


Program aims to make reading easier, more fun, for children in China

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2006

What could an English-speaking American reading expert hope to discover from studying how Chinese learn their language? And what might he and his colleagues have to offer as a result?

Published Date: October 18, 2006


Course offers chance to learn and earn college credits for free

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 29, 2006

In a small public library not far from the University of Illinois campus, talking is encouraged, and animated discussions not only are tolerated, they are provoked.

Published Date: September 29, 2006


Osher Institute at the U. of I. to provide a center for lifelong learning

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:September 27, 2006

Curious minds over age 50 will soon find new opportunities to learn and explore, thanks to the establishment of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: September 27, 2006


Professor sees inequity, little change, in post-Katrina school reform

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 23, 2006

Can a devastating flood set the stage for the transformation of a school system?

Published Date: August 23, 2006


Animation can be outlet for victimized children, a tool for research

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:July 17, 2006

Animation is a proven vehicle for biting comedy, a la ?"The Simpsons" and "South Park."

Published Date: July 17, 2006


Public has a stake in what religious schools teach, professor says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2006

Whether it's prayer in schools, alternatives to evolution, or courses on the Bible, the debate continues on the role of religion in public schools.

Published Date: June 1, 2006


Quality teachers the focus of statewide conference in Springfield

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2006

It's a central premise of the "No Child Left Behind" Act and proven in numerous studies: Quality teachers influence student learning perhaps more than any other factor. Yet up to half of new teachers, including many highly qualified teachers, leave the profession within their first five years.

Published Date: February 24, 2006


Approach to school affects how girls compare with boys in math

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2006

More women are pursuing higher education and doctoral degrees than ever before, but women still are rare in the math-oriented professions. Yet, researchers say, girls perform just as well as boys on achievement tests and tend to earn better grades in math than do boys during the earlier school years.

Published Date: February 20, 2006


Funding of public schools to be topic of U. of I. symposium in Chicago

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 13, 2006

Why is public education and its proper funding so essential? Is American education adequately funded? How do we determine and measure what is adequate? What are the trends in Illinois?

Published Date: February 13, 2006


Public schools equal or better in math than private or charter schools

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:January 23, 2006

Contrary to common wisdom, public schools score higher in math than private ones, when differences in student backgrounds are taken into account.

Published Date: January 23, 2006


Early start on college possible in 50 states, but results unclear

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:November 17, 2005

College is becoming a requirement for more and more jobs.

Published Date: November 17, 2005


Boards that oversee human-subject research need overhaul

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 9, 2005

University Institutional Review Boards, which oversee research involving human subjects, need to be revamped to avoid the "mission creep" that is threatening academic freedom and restricting research on the nation's campuses, according to a report by University of Illinois researchers and scholars.

Published Date: November 9, 2005


Statewide initiative aims for support for all new Illinois teachers

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 15, 2005

New teachers in Illinois will get help where they need it, and access to mentoring from veteran and National Board Certified teachers. Administrators will get advice on supporting new teachers during their first crucial years in the classroom.

Published Date: August 15, 2005


Girls' confidence in math dampened by parents' gender stereotypes

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:July 26, 2005

A survey of middle school girls reveals that their self-confidence in math suffers when their parents believe the gender stereotype that holds that math is a male domain and when the parents give unsolicited help with homework.

Published Date: July 26, 2005


Former president: governing boards 'need to be re-examined, reformed'

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 5, 2005

The composition of governing boards of most U.S. public universities does not reflect the expanded mission, programs and sources of support of higher education, the former president of the University of Illinois writes in an article.

Published Date: July 5, 2005


Illinois teachers attend statewide institutes on technology, teaching

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 16, 2005

About 400 Illinois teachers and administrators are going to school this summer, the first of them this week (June 13-17), to upgrade their technology and teaching skills at seven sites throughout the state.

Published Date: June 16, 2005


University and local schools start new summer academy for teachers

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 3, 2005

Teachers in several Champaign and Urbana public schools will have a new opportunity for professional development starting this summer, as a result of a partnership between local school districts and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: June 3, 2005


Middle school teachers to take part in science program at Illinois

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:June 1, 2005

Advancements in science education will bloom on the prairie as middle school teachers from mostly rural Illinois school districts converge at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on June 13 to participate in the two-week Prairie Flowers Program.

Published Date: June 1, 2005


New program aims to keep seniors mentally active and thriving

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:April 18, 2005

Puzzles, brain-teasers, games and creative problem-solving. For many, they're a fun diversion, but could they also help keep seniors mentally vibrant as they age?

Published Date: April 18, 2005


Research questions belief that private schools are better than publics

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 11, 2005

Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old.

Published Date: April 11, 2005


Online master's degree gives teachers the tools to think globally

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:April 4, 2005

All education is global. At least that's the perspective of a new online master's degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: April 4, 2005


What's left unsaid about sexuality and schools can be harmful, author says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:October 25, 2004

Sexuality is not an easy topic for discussion as it relates to schools, but what is left unsaid can cause a lot of harm, says Cris Mayo, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of a new book.

Published Date: October 25, 2004


Illinois part of new center bringing engineering into high schools

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:September 13, 2004

High school students in technology education courses will start thinking more like engineers if a new $10 million National Science Foundation grant, involving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has the desired effect.

Published Date: September 13, 2004


Science more creative and less 'true' than many believe, educator says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2004

Science is not just evidence, but intuition. It is not just procedures, but creativity. Its conclusions are not set in stone, but ever-changing and open to question as part of a dynamic social enterprise.

Published Date: August 2, 2004


Schools failing to accommodate teens who are pregnant or new mothers

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2004

The Title IX legislation of 1972 has been celebrated for the dramatic benefits it brought to girls in school sports.

Published Date: April 23, 2004


High cost of assistive technologies keeping some people from work, study says

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2004

Access to assistive technologies (AT) may be a critical factor in the employment success of persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCID), according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 15, 2004


Study looks at employment rates of U. of I. graduates with severe disabilities

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2004

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long been known for its pioneering programs and services for students with disabilities. And judging by results of recent studies of employment outcomes for university graduates with severe disabilities, those programs are continuing to make their mark.

Published Date: March 15, 2004


Software tool makes PowerPoint easier for disabled to use

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 11, 2003

Whether in the classroom or the boardroom, chalkboards have been replaced nearly universally by computer-aided audiovisual presentations that commonly involve a laptop computer and Microsoft PowerPoint software. And while that change has proved beneficial for most presenters and their audiences, a notable exception is for people with disabilities.

Published Date: December 11, 2003


School-university team makes baseball an exercise in learning

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2003

Baseball is pitching, hitting, running the bases.

Published Date: October 21, 2003


Web filters not good for schools or students, education professor says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2003

Internet filters may help protect parents from their fears, and schools from lawsuits, but they're "highly imperfect" tools for protecting children, says Nicholas Burbules.

Published Date: September 1, 2003


Earliest steps can play a role in how well preschoolers learn math

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

On the road to trigonometry and calculus, children must first comprehend 1, 2 and 3.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


Mandatory counseling appears to reduce suicide rate by half

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

Suicide is said to be a "cry for help," but the evidence suggests the contrary. Most college students who threaten or attempt to kill themselves will adamantly, even defiantly, resist any counseling that's offered.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


E-mentoring program expanding for teachers in Illinois

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

An innovative program for online group mentoring of new teachers, one of a handful in the United States, is branching out from East Central Illinois to other parts of the state.

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Teachers upgrade tech skills statewide

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 17, 2003

More than 400 Illinois teachers are upgrading their computer and technology skills this summer at eight sites throughout the state.

Published Date: June 17, 2003


Case study shows effectiveness of animal-aided therapy

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

When Jimmy first came in contact with Cody, a black, backpack-toting Labrador retriever assigned to assist with the severely disabled 16-year-old's therapy, he wasn't exactly afraid of the dog. But he didn't want to touch Cody, and he cried a lot when the dog got close.

Published Date: June 1, 2003


New unit pulls together programs aimed at young children

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2003

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has become a center of research and assistance on the education and care of young children.

Published Date: April 1, 2003


Scholars to focus on effect of 'new immigration' on education

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2003

Most U.S. educators believe that equality in education and citizenship rights are necessary elements for a vital and working democracy.

Published Date: April 1, 2003


Michigan cases put diversity issue center stage

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Oral arguments are to be made next month in two University of Michigan affirmative action cases now in the U.S. Supreme Court. No matter what the eventual outcome, Michigan succeeded in shifting the debate on the issue, says Denise Green, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It also may have set a new standard for how universities respond to similar cases or other significant public challenges.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


University-school collaboration aims at teacher shortage

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Hundreds of special education jobs sit vacant in Chicago, as they do throughout the country. Other jobs are filled by teachers who need a higher certification, but can't easily leave their jobs to get it.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behavior

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2003

Peer-group influence on adolescents is well established, especially regarding drugs and alcohol. New research indicates it also extends to bullying behavior.

Published Date: February 1, 2003


Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behavior

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:January 21, 2003

Peer-group influence on adolescents is well established, especially regarding drugs and alcohol. New research indicates it also extends to bullying behavior.

Published Date: January 21, 2003


Homeland defense, terrorism among course topics to be explored

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Next semester, students at the University of Illinois will have the opportunity to look beyond today's headlines to explore in-depth topics such as homeland defense, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Preschool curriculum uses stories and art to build a love of books

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Preparing preschoolers to read - and to love reading - means more than minding their Ps and Qs.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Sexual harassment by schoolchildren should be seen in social context

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Does sexual harassment among classmates have its roots in elementary school? Is it really about sex or about gaining power and status among peers? Could sexual harassment in schools be a "training ground" for later domestic violence?

Published Date: November 1, 2002


NCSA outreach program seeks to 'revitalise' rural education

Author: Karen Green, public information officer, NCSA

Published Date:October 1, 2002

A new program led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Illinois and East Carolina University (ECU) in North Carolina will introduce teachers in rural areas of those states to cutting-edge technologies that can expand the scope of science and mathematics education in small-town middle and high schools.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


Study shows standards bringing positive results to Illinois schools

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2002

Illinois schools that have moved to implement state learning standards are seeing higher test scores, more-focused instruction, and more equity in the classroom, according to the final report from a unique four-year study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


Study examines 'other' leisure pursuits, such as drug use, gambling

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2002

Like the rest of the population, college students typically engage in a wide range of traditional leisure pursuits - from reading and listening to music to participation in sports. But there's a whole "other" side to leisure among this population that leisure scholars have only recently begun to examine more closely.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


Project supplies ready advice on preschool years, learning standards

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2002

Parents, teachers and caregivers of young children have plenty to worry about, and the approach of another school year often heightens their anxiety. They know a child's early years can be key to development and school success.

Published Date: August 1, 2002


Girls' higher grades come with emotional price tag, researchers say

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 26, 2002

Girls generally make better grades than do boys, but a new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that girls also experience more internal costs -- worry, anxiety and depression -- despite their academic success. "

Published Date: June 26, 2002


Summer class goes high-tech to inspire struggling students

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2002

Getting into this special summer math class was easy: All students had to do was fail the entry exam.

Published Date: June 1, 2002


Multimillion-dollar grant to fund more research into speech disorder

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

Research on stuttering conducted during the past 13 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has produced a wealth of new knowledge about the cause, onset, early characteristics, and developmental course of the disorder. And, according to Ehud Yairi, professor of speech and hearing science and director of the Stuttering Research Project at Illinois, that work has resulted in a re-examination of traditional therapeutic strategies for treating young children who stutter.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Plagiarism-detection software stems students' use of 'paper mills'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

Plagiarism isn't just a problem for publishers and best-selling historians. It's also a pain for professors, whose students can buy essays over the Internet, rather than write them.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


New resource guide deals with violence prevention from birth to 18

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2002

Bullies, video carnage, uncaring parents, access to guns. All have been pegged as a major cause - even the only cause - of violence among children and youth.

Published Date: March 1, 2002


Book focuses on school response to Japanese-American internment

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

Sixty years ago this month - shortly after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor - an executive order was signed that imprisoned Japanese-Americans until World War II ended.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


E-mentoring provides another means for assisting new teachers

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

New teachers often find themselves alone and overwhelmed, needing advice they either can't find or are afraid to seek.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


Program to foster high school students' knowledge of other nations

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

Educators at the University of Illinois believe that now, more than ever before, there is a critical need for Americans to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of international issues. And one way to accomplish that in Illinois is through the new International High School Program.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Technology becoming standard issue for UI teachers-in-training

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

The past decade brought a rush of technology to education. Many teachers, however, still lack the know-how to use the new tools effectively.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Web site puts preschool teaching advice and materials online

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

Parents, caregivers and teachers of preschoolers in Illinois and beyond have a new online resource to help them educate children and prepare them for school.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Firefighters can now get critical training over the Internet

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2001

Firefighters have to learn certain things hands-on - about hoses and pumps and working in smoke-filled buildings. But there's a lot to learn in the classroom, too, and Illinois firefighters now can study online through the University of Illinois. For cash-strapped fire departments and time-strapped firefighters - most of them volunteers - it means a new route to critical training.

Published Date: October 1, 2001


Civil rights in schools more about equality than integration

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2001

In the 1930s, many, if not most, African Americans in the South had no high school to attend, separate or otherwise. Only one in five was even enrolled. By the 1950s, fewer than one in five were receiving a diploma.

Published Date: September 1, 2001


Best college teachers adaptable, like working with students

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

Everybody knows that good teaching is an art, but can it be improved by science?

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Fathers become involved in classrooms when teachers better trained

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2001

Intensive sensitivity training aimed at teachers has put a hole in the myth that father figures aren't there or don't care when it comes to kids enrolled in early education programs geared for low-income, at-risk households

Published Date: June 1, 2001


History project documents student experience during Depression

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

Newsreels of the Great Depression typically depict scenes of extreme hardship - soup lines, dust storms, even suicides. Yet despite the financial crisis, most people went on with their daily lives, doing the routine, ordinary things, albeit often in scaled-back ways.

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Chile's 20-year-old voucher program sheds light on U.S. debate

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

Private schools produce higher student achievement than their public counterparts, advocates for school vouchers argue. And fostering school choice and competition will raise educational standards overall, they say.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Nursing home residents surfing Web, thanks to high school students

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

At some nursing homes across the country, bingo, craft-hour and popcorn-making parties are rapidly becoming pass´. Instead, today's residents are getting with the program and engaging in much hipper activities: surfing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Business still learning the benefits of online education

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2000

The business world has embraced e-commerce as a valuable tool for selling, but it has been slow to develop e-learning as a tool for training, despite some obvious benefits, a University of Illinois professor says.

Published Date: November 1, 2000


History text examines academic, social milieu a century ago

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2000

An autocratic president, a frustrated faculty, a miserly state legislature, a "comatose" major program (agriculture) and a rowdy student body with a penchant for secret societies and hazing -- these were the earmarks not of a current seat of learning, but of one 100 years ago.

Published Date: November 1, 2000


Move toward standards slow in Illinois, as tests take higher priority

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2000

State learning standards are moving forward in Illinois schools, but very slowly, according to a recent University of Illinois report. One thing holding back implementation, ironically, is the test intended to measure how well the standards are being taught.

Published Date: November 1, 2000


Kids who don't like school at the start often lose out all year

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2000

Most of the youngsters walking eagerly into kindergartens across America this fall expect school to be fun. Mom or Dad probably told them it would be.

Published Date: September 1, 2000


Multifaceted program gives students new perspective on South Asia

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2000

When University of Illinois student Emily Kline arrived in India this summer to take part in an intensive, monthlong study-abroad program, culture shock set in almost instantly - despite the fact that Indian-American friends had briefed her on what to expect.

Published Date: September 1, 2000


In early middle school, popularity and bullying often connected

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2000

Previous research says the boys who bully most in grade school are often on the social fringe. In sixth grade, the first year of middle school, however, bullying apparently becomes popular, says Dorothy Espelage, a University of Illinois professor.

Published Date: August 1, 2000


Students like benefits of special programs, but don't like being labeled

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2000

Gifted programs are providing valuable benefits to students, but are saddling them with undesired labels, according to many such former students in a recent University of Illinois study.

Published Date: August 1, 2000


UI offering online education for community college faculty

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2000

A University of Illinois department that has specialized in teaching community college educators is bringing that expertise online.

Published Date: July 1, 2000


It pays to go to college in Illinois -- to the tune of $590,000, report says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

Go to college in Illinois. Collect $590,000. That's how much more a bachelor's degree at an Illinois college or university provides the average student over a lifetime compared with the earnings of a high school graduate, according to a study headed by economists at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Unlearning misinformation helps students learn, scholars find

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2000

Unlearning what is already known is often more difficult than learning new information.

Published Date: March 1, 2000


Computers present both new possibilities and dangers for educators

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

Are computers in the classroom good or bad for teaching? Will hooking schools to the Internet save or destroy education?

Published Date: February 1, 2000


Computers present both new possibilities and dangers for educators

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

Are computers in the classroom good or bad for teaching? Will hooking schools to the Internet save or destroy education?

Published Date: February 1, 2000