Science communication should consider cultural perspectives

Oct 16 2014

Is nature something we enjoy when we visit a national park, something we feel a need to “preserve,” or do we think of ourselves as being a part of nature? Are a bird’s nest and a house both part of nature?

The answers to such questions can reflect different cultural orientations and have an effect on how well science and scientific concepts are communicated, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of Washington.

PhD education: Changing the focus from numbers to quality

Sep 26 2014

Each year, U.S. universities churn out enough new PhD graduates — 50,000 of them — to populate a small city. Worldwide, more PhDs are produced now than ever before.

With anecdotes about out-of-work or underemployed PhDs receiving broad publicity, governments and university administrators in industrialized societies have started asking whether or not too many people are pursuing doctoral degrees.

Faculty named to endowed positions

Sep 25 2014

Two faculty members making significant contributions to science and mathematics education in Puget Sound schools and at the national level have been appointed to endowed positions at the University of Washington College of Education. Dr. Philip Bell has been appointed to the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences and Dr. Elham Kazemi was appointed to the Geda and Phil Condit Professorship in Science & Math Education.

Distinguished researcher named interim dean

Sep 5 2014

Today, University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce announced the appointment of long-time College of Education faculty member and distinguished researcher Deborah McCutchen as interim dean effective Sept. 8. McCutchen will take over leadership of the College from Professor Tom Stritikus, who has served as dean since 2010.

Engaging parents, community to map student success in South King County

Jul 1 2014

If we had a road map to what parental involvement in schools should be, what would it look like? Would it be a straight line, or a complicated maze of cross streets going in every direction?

Faculty author new book on leadership

Jun 23 2014

Three College of Education faculty members are co-authors of a new book exploring how education leaders can improve the quality of learning opportunities and student performance, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.

James Banks to Receive Fielding Social Justice Award

Apr 28 2014

The Social Justice Award was established at Fielding Graduate University in 1987 to recognize demonstrated concern for and commitment to the furtherance of social justice. The hope is that the action for which the award is conferred will provide exemplary models of commitment to social justice for the Fielding Graduate University and its members.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 PM
San Francisco University Club 800 Powell St, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Megan Bang (Faculty): New Book from MIT Press

The answers to scientific questions depend on who’s asking, because the questions asked and the answers sought reflect the cultural values and orientations of the questioner. These values and orientations are most often those of Western science. In Who’s Asking?, Douglas Medin and Megan Bang argue that despite the widely held view that science is objective, value-neutral, and acultural, scientists do not shed their cultures at the laboratory or classroom door; their practices reflect their values, belief sy
Jan 30 2014

Megan Bang's new co-authored book just came out on MIT Press. The book is titled, Who's Asking: Native Science, Western Science, and Science Education. Her co-author, Douglas L. Medin is Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. More>>

New Guides for School Districts to Better Support Principals as Instructional Leaders

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has released a set of three tools designed for school district central office leaders, especially principal supervisors, to help principals improve teaching and learning in every school across the district.
Nov 19 2013

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) today released a set of three tools designed for school district central office leaders, especially principal supervisors, to help principals improve teaching and learning in every school across the district.