Jan – May 2016

May 2016

Lee Shulman joins MPES and LS for a brown bag talk, “What is “evidence” for the improvement of teaching and learning in an unscripted and highly contextualized world?”

The phrase “evidence-based” rolls off the tongue trippingly. Whether describing good medical practice, educational design, or management in business, experts insist that judgments and decisions be “evidence-based.” What distinguishes evidence from conjecture, speculation, anecdote or fantasy? Randomized control trials? Replication? Close connection to theory? Carefully following rules of data collection and analysis? Or can anything be called evidence in a world where claims for generalizability and broad transfer from research to practice are increasingly in doubt? In the colloquium, I will discuss how we get smarter in understanding and influencing the practical world of teaching and learning in schools and universities, museums and hospitals, summer camps and religious institutions. As we come to recognize how particular and even unique are the situations we confront with our pedagogies and our designs, how do we use, acquire, create or defend what counts as “evidence?”

See the full talk abstract here.

Lee Shulman, PhD – Stanford University

Thursday, May 19th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303


Join MPES for “Motivational Profiles and Student Engagement: An Integrative Perspective” by Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
3-4 PM, Annenberg 303

See full talk flyer here.

To watch the talk, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/87030094 


Please join MPES for “A Consideration of Risk and Opportunities for Resilience among Latino Adolescents in the U.S.”

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor
Foundation Professor
Arizona State University

Friday May 6th, 2016
11 AM – 12 PM (with a short Q & A period following the talk)
Annenberg 303

See the full talk flyer here


March 2016

MPES Hosts Professor Brian Jacob!

“Differentiated Accountability and Education Production: Evidence from NCLB Waivers”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016  – 2 PM to 3 PM

Annenberg Room 317

See Full Talk Flyer Here


February 2016

Join MPES for Joshua Danish’s Colloquium Presentation!

Thursday, February 18th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

Joshua Danish is an Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences at Indiana University. His research explores how people learn in rich activity systems with a focus on how students benefit from working with representations of their ideas such as drawings, computer simulations, and embodied skits. A primary focus of this work has been on how early elementary students can engage deeply with complex science ideas when the classroom activity builds upon their developmental strengths.

See the full talk abstract Here.


January 2016

MPES welcomes Kylie Peppler, Ph.D – Indiana University !

Talk time: Thursday, January 28th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

Kylie Peppler is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Peppler is an advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network and a member of the 2015 National Educational Technology Plan Committee sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout her career she has studied the creative uses of computer programming among youth communities and has focused most recently on the design and study of e-textile artifacts–fabric-based artifacts with embedded electronics sewn with conductive thread. This work has resulted in numerous publications, a new four-book curriculum through MIT Press, and a co-edited volume titled, Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-Textiles and Education, and has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Moore Foundation, Google, the US Department of Education, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Talk Flyer Here