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Goff, Peter; Yang, Hyunwoo; Yang, Minseok; Batt, Lena; Xie, Xin; You, Eunji – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2020
This study introduces a new approach to measure effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at U.S. universities (TPP) by examining to what extent TPPs produce employable teacher candidates. We use teacher application data in Wisconsin public schools from 2014-15 through 2016-17. We find that attending a specific university's TPP makes a…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
Hora, Matthew T.; Lee, Changhee – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2020
Competencies known variously as "soft" or "21st century skills" are increasingly linked to college students' academic and career success, and faculty with industry experience are hypothesized to be uniquely qualified to teach these skills. Yet little research exists on this topic. In this paper, we report findings from a…
Descriptors: 21st Century Skills, Transfer of Training, College Faculty, College Environment
MacDonald, Rita; Crowther, David; Braaten, Melissa; Binder, Wendy; Chien, Justine; Dassler, Troy; Shelton, Tricia; Wilfred, Jennifer – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2020
The National Research Council's 2012 "Framework for K-12 Science Education" states that science education should "provide all students with the background to systematically investigate issues related to their personal and community practices … frame scientific questions pertinent to their interests, conduct investigations and seek…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Science Instruction, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Porter, Tameka; Cook, H. Gary; Sahakyan, Narek – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
The authors illustrate models and procedures that can be applied to calculate overall composite scores in order to identify an indicator of English language proficiency, based on composite scores for English learners with 504 or individualized education plans who are missing one or more domain scores on the Assessing Comprehension and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Accountability, English Language Learners
Miesner, H. Rose; Blair, Elizabeth E.; Packard, Chiara C.; Velazquez, Maria; Macgregor, Lyn; Grodsky, Eric – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
Teacher collaboration is a key factor in improving instructional quality and promoting student achievement. Though research attests to the importance of school contextual elements for the work of teachers, few studies investigate how these factors interact to enable or constrain collaboration. This study examines teacher perspectives on…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Trust (Psychology), Teacher Collaboration, Elementary School Teachers
Hora, Matthew T.; Parrott, Emily; Her, Pa – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
Internships are a widely touted co-curricular activity that may enhance students' employability, their future wages, and employer talent needs. However, how students themselves understand and conceptualize the internship experience is poorly understood. Reasons why understanding students' perceptions of internships is important include the fact…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Internship Programs, Program Design, Equal Education
Halverson, Rich; Halverson, Erica Rosenfeld – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
How can we see education research as a coherent body of inquiry? The naturally occurring diversity of epistemologies and methods give education research the appearance of discord. In this paper, we propose that all of these various methods, questions, and interpretive frameworks of education research share a common commitment to the idea that…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Scientific Research, Educational Research, Educational Improvement
Goff, Peter; Xie, Xin; Yang, Minseok; Batt, Lena; Gandy-Fastovich, Lydia; Rodriguez-Escutia, Yasmin; Yang, Hyunwoo; You, Eunji – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
This study develops, validates, and applies a typology of teachers using labor market data. We construct our typology by applying a correlated topic model to 17,000 personal statements teachers submitted as part of their applications to open positions in Wisconsin public schools. We identify seven types of teachers active on the labor market:…
Descriptors: Classification, Educational Philosophy, Correlation, Labor Market
Hora, Matthew T.; Chen, Zi; Parrott, Emily; Her, Pa – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
Internships for college students are widely promoted as a "high-impact" practice, yet the academic literature is limited by terminological imprecision, lack of data on intern demographics, and insufficient attention to the impacts of program format on student academic and developmental outcomes. In this mixed-methods study we analyze…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Internship Programs, Access to Education, Program Design
Kimball, Steven; Arrigoni, Jessica; Heneman, Herb; Geraghty, Elisabeth; Marlin, Daniel; Carl, Bradley; Jones, Curtis; Cain, Elizabeth; Milanowski, Anthony; Rainey, Katharine – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
Major teacher evaluation changes have occurred across the nation during the past decade. Pressed by federal education initiatives and encouraged by research on promising teacher evaluation practices, states and school districts have implemented evaluation systems using new measures of educator practice and student learning. A growing body of…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Teacher Evaluation, School Districts, Elementary Schools
Hora, Matthew T.; Wolfgram, Matthew; Chen, Zi – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2019
Internships are widely perceived as a "high-impact practice" that opens the doors of opportunity for college students, yet little is known about obstacles to participation. Instead, educators and employers too often view participation as unproblematic, with many postsecondary institutions beginning to mandate internships for graduation…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Barriers, College Students, Access to Education
Benbow, Ross J.; Lee, Changhee; Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Research indicates that teamwork, communication, self-directed learning, and problem-solving skills are strongly linked to individual academic and professional success, yet little is known regarding how college educators and employer trainers learn to better teach or train others in these valuable skills in postsecondary and employment STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Employers, Social Networks
Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
With the increasing price tag of college and rising student debt, the employability of graduates is a dominant narrative shaping postsecondary policy and practice. Yet, completion and the acquisition of a credential alone does not guarantee employment, and research on hiring reveals its subjective aspects, particularly when cultural signals of…
Descriptors: Manufacturing Industry, College Graduates, Employment Qualifications, Personnel Selection
Grundvig, A. Nelse – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
"Skills shortage" is often used to describe the difficulty that can arise when trying to match a ready supply of qualified applicants to open positions. To believe the term accurately describes situations where unemployment rates are low and employers have to compete for skilled workers frames the discussion as an issue of supply and…
Descriptors: Supply and Demand, Job Skills, Employer Attitudes, Labor Needs
Pyne, Jaymes; Grodsky, Eric – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
When planning for college, students face a range of constrained choices governed in part by variation among institutions. What are the economic consequences of those decisions and constraints during and after college? We know borrowing patterns vary by institutional sector, yet colleges within a sector vary considerably by admission and graduation…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Enrollment, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs
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