Education & Society

Florida State researchers work to boost low-performing high schools

High schools across the nation have long struggled to improve student achievement and reduce dropout rates. While reforms enacted over the past three decades have proven successful in some schools, transferring those reforms to others has been challenging, and many students continue to fall behind. Education policy experts at The Florida State University will collaborate […]

Florida State professor hits the road to update image of school libraries

T-shirts? Check. Logo? Check. Theme song? Check. Touring schedule? Check. Another rock band launching a summer tour? Not quite. Replace the image of a glitzy musician in a luxury bus with a librarian tooling along in a gray Honda Odyssey minivan, and you’ll be closer to reality. Nancy Everhart, an associate professor in The Florida […]

Florida State awarded $26 million to help children better understand what they read

More than a dozen Florida State University reading experts have been awarded a total of $26 million to help solve one of education’s most pressing, impenetrable problems: why some students may be able to decipher words on a page, yet still struggle to comprehend them. The money, awarded to the Florida Center for Reading Research […]

Florida State researchers awarded $3M to study autism curriculum

A 40-school study called Classroom SCERTS® Intervention (CSI) is under way at The Florida State University to measure the effectiveness of a curriculum designed specifically for students with autism. The project is led by Amy Wetherby, professor in the College of Medicine and director of the college’s Autism Institute; Lindee Morgan, director of the institute’s […]

Psychologist Joiner is 2010 Lawton Distinguished Professor

A psychology professor who is perhaps the nation’s leading expert on the causes and prevention of suicide and who has been ranked as the second most productive academic clinical psychologist in the world is set to receive The Florida State University’s highest faculty honor. Thomas E. Joiner, 44, Florida State’s Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology and […]

Poor quality teachers may prevent children from reaching reading potential, study finds

When it comes to early reading, a bad teacher can prevent children from reaching their full potential. That’s the finding of a new Florida State University study published in the April 23 issue of the journal Science. The study, “Teacher Quality Moderates the Genetic Effects on Early Reading,” may put an end to a longstanding […]

Human sciences dean to lead the field’s national board

The nation’s Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) has elected a new chairwoman. She is Professor Billie J. Collier, dean of the Florida State University College of Human Sciences and a leader in the field whose administrative, research and academic credentials have distinguished her at the national and international levels. Collier will serve a one-year term […]

Professor awarded $1.5 million to help struggling readers

Barbara Foorman, the Francis Eppes Professor in the Florida State University College of Education and director of the university’s Florida Center for Reading Research, has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education to measure reading progress in struggling adolescents. The $1.5 million grant aims to address the low levels of reading proficiency […]

Reading researcher honored with early career award

Stephanie Al Otaiba, an associate professor in the Florida State University School of Teacher Education and researcher with the university’s Florida Center for Reading Research, is the 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research. The annual award, which is co-sponsored by the Hammill Institute […]

Instructional Systems program, professor recognized

Professor Robert Reiser and the Instructional Systems program at The Florida State University were recently ranked among those authors and organizations that, over the past 20 years, have had the most articles published in Educational Technology Research and Development, a leading research journal in the field of instructional design and technology. Instructional Systems, a graduate […]

Florida State professor wins $5M grant to train next generation of education researchers

A researcher at The Florida State University has been awarded a $5 million, five-year federal grant to train doctoral students to conduct advanced research on the best ways of teaching reading, math and science to the nation’s schoolchildren. Psychology Professor Christopher J. Lonigan received the grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of […]

Researcher exploring ways to bring digital content to school libraries

Studies have shown that digital resources — video clips, audio, simulations and images — improve student learning in science and math, and the emergence of online digital libraries has made more free resources available than ever before. Yet few make it to student classrooms or computers. A new research study at The Florida State University […]