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UW-Madison School of Education department of Educational Psychology ranked best grad school again in 2018


UW-Madison’s department of Educational Psychology has once again been rated as the top program in its field in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2018 Best Graduate Schools ranking.

“We are grateful for this recognition, which affirms that our faculty and students continue the Department’s tradition of ground-breaking research and teaching,” said Department Chair Brad Brown. “The insights and innovation of our faculty will lead to educational systems that can better the nation’s students for the challenges they will face in adulthood.”


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Spotlight News

Prof. Kaplan to Receive APA Award

Quantitative Methods Prof. David Kaplan was recently named as the 2018 recipient of the Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association.

This recognition honors those who have a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods.

Kaplan’s work earned him the award within APA’s Division 5, which draws together specialists in the areas of quantitative and qualitative methods. He is also the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods and holds affiliate appointments in the university’s Dept. of Population Health Sciences and the Center for Demography and Ecology.  Kaplan is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a recipient of the Humboldt Research Prize, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Dept. of Education at the University of Oxford, among other honors and recognitions.

ICYMI: Is One Emoji Worth a Thousand Variables?

In the October issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher, Ed Psych Prof. Percival Matthews co-authored an article exploring the potential of icon-based mathematical games, emoji math and mobile math to promote student engagement and understanding of algebra.

For the article, which is entitled “An Emoji is Worth a Thousand Variables,” Matthews teamed up with Tom McCaffrey,  a mathematics teacher at Eagle Hill School, a private boarding school for students with learning disabilities.

“Emoji math is not watered down algebra,” the two write in the article. “It is a form of algebra using variables that students are more likely to encounter in life outside the classroom.”

Part of the department’s Human Development area, Matthews’ research is dedicated to understanding the ways that students learn about numbers, with a special emphasis on ratios and fractions.

You can find the journal article here.

Student Wins ‘Leaders & Legends’ Award

Pauline Ho, a first-year student in the department’s Human Development program area, was recently named as a 2017 Leaders & Legends honoree by the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities.

Ho is humbled by the award and appreciates the recognition as “confirmation for my passion and commitment in the Asian American community,” she says, adding “I want to pass on a torch of legacy to the next generations encouraging them to give back to their respective communities.”

An immigrant from Vietnam, Ho is a part of the department’s Peer Relations Study Group, which is run by Prof. Brad Brown. With PRSG and her Ed Psych studies, she plans to “conduct rigorous research exploring factors that influence underrepresented students’ educational experience and success from an asset-based perspective,” she says.

After graduation, Ho says she will “pursue a tenure-track position at a public research university where I can continue doing research, but also to go into the community and collaborate with community leaders to make changes in the community.”