Education & Society

The Florida State University and the University of Florida launch ‘SOS’ to support governor’s plan to reform higher education

They may be gridiron rivals, but the presidents of The Florida State University and the University of Florida are jointly asking for public support of Gov. Charlie Crist’s new comprehensive approach to improve the quality of education for the 300,000 students enrolled in Florida’s state universities. Florida State President T.K. Wetherell and University of Florida […]

Study identifies gene in young men with delinquent peers

Birds of a feather flock together, according to the adage, and adolescent males who possess a certain type of variation in a specific gene are more likely to flock to delinquent peers, according to a landmark study led by Florida State University criminologist Kevin M. Beaver. Kevin M. Beaver "This research is groundbreaking because it […]

FSU Music-Play Project fosters ‘response-ability’ in children with autism

In a room dubbed the E-WoMP (exploratory world-music playground) that serves as the centerpiece of the Music-Play Project housed at Florida State University’s College of Music, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are making impressive gains in creativity, emotional regulation and social participation. FSU ethnomusicologist Michael B. Bakan likes to call such gains “response-ability.” He’s […]

The Lucky Few: FSU researcher shines light on forgotten generation

John McCain, Elvis Presley, Gloria Steinem and Martin Luther King Jr. took different paths in life, but they were all lucky. Elwood Carlson That’s because they were born between 1929 and 1945, a generation sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom that Florida State University Professor Elwood Carlson has dubbed “The Lucky Few.” […]

FSU vaults to top-tier in Asian studies

With the purchase of a massive, 25,000-volume collection of books and other materials related to religion and culture in Asia, Florida State University has vaulted into the front ranks of universities that offer Asian studies in the southeastern United States. FSU’s Department of Religion recently collaborated with University Libraries, the Department of Modern Languages and […]

Report: Transparency needed in computing Florida’s graduation rates

The LeRoy Collins Institute is calling for more transparency in the way Florida determines its high school graduation rates in a new report written by two Florida State University graduate students. Carol Weissert In the report, "Measuring Graduation Rates in Florida: Constraints and Opportunities," the LeRoy Collins Institute both congratulated and criticized Florida’s method of […]

Democracies with separation of powers less likely to end torture

A system of checks and balances in government is usually regarded as a good thing, except when it comes to the probability that a nation will stop its use of government-sanctioned torture, according to a Florida State University study. Will Moore As repugnant as torture is, the fact is most countries — even those with […]

Teaching the teachers: FSU professor leads science initiative

A Florida State University researcher with a passion for science education has taken on an ambitious task — supervising dozens of K-12 school science teachers as they gain hands-on research experience in a variety of laboratory and field settings. Madison County teachers Douglas Bass and Stacey Frakes survey butterfly populations at Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park in […]

Florida State spin-off company focuses on disaster preparedness

In a post-Sept. 11, post-Hurricane Katrina world, being prepared for disasters both natural and manmade has gained new urgency. Now, a new company using technology developed by Florida State University researchers will make it easier for relevant government agencies, corporations and other organizations to prepare for such disasters and to react to them more quickly […]

Low grades, bad behavior? Siblings may be to blame, FSU study says

We all know the story of a man named Brady and the group that somehow formed a family. But if the iconic ’70s sitcom about a "blended" family reflected reality, the Brady Bunch likely would have been dealing with much more than silly sibling squabbles. Kathryn Harker Tillman Here’s the real story: On average, adolescents […]

FSU education research tackles ‘huge problem’: adolescent literacy

Florida State University education researcher Judith Irvin is working to address an urgent problem in the United States. Judith Irvin “Adolescent literacy is a huge problem in our country,” said Irvin, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies in FSU’s College of Education. “Right now there are something like 6 million students who are […]

Study: Media perpetuates unsubstantiated chemical imbalance theory of depression

The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is often presented in the media as fact even though there is little scientific evidence to support it, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University visiting lecturer. Jeffrey Lacasse, an FSU doctoral candidate and visiting lecturer in the College of Social […]