Education & Society

Florida State University awarded $38 million to help spur public education improvements

Flexing its considerable research muscle, the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at Florida State University has won a $38.6 million contract to help six Southeastern states and their schools put the test results, coursework information, graduation statistics and other education-related data they collect to more effective use in helping students find academic success. The […]

"I Do … Or Do I?" Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one’s decisions leads to unhappiness

You’re in search of a new coffee maker, and the simple quest becomes, well, an ordeal. After doing copious amounts of research and reading dozens of consumer reviews, you finally make a purchase, only to wonder: “Was this the right choice? Could I do better? What is the return policy?” Reality check: Is this you? […]

FCR-STEM researchers play key role in new online registry that allows for sharing of educational resources worldwide

Florida State University researchers are playing a key role in the development of a new, federal, open-source system that will allow institutions from around the world to share digital teaching resources. Launched in early November, the new Learning Registry will make it easier for teachers and others mining the mass of online education resources to […]

FSU to mark International Education Week with ‘Going Global’ showcase

With Homecoming Week 2011 in full swing, the Florida State University Center for Global Engagement and FSU International Programs will host the fifth annual "FSU’s Going Global" showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, also known as The Globe. This year’s Going Global theme: "Where Homecoming Takes On a […]

FSU College of Education to host first-ever ‘College of Education Week’

The first-ever Florida State University College of Education Week — to be held Oct. 24-29 in conjunction with FSU Parents’ Weekend (Oct. 28-30) — will encompass six days of symposia, social gatherings, panel discussions, presentations and events celebrating College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Kicking off College of Education Week is the […]

Pepper Center director recognized for advocacy, research on aging

In the mid-1980s, Lawrence J. "Larry" Polivka began thinking of research pioneer Carter Osterbind as a mentor while working with him on former Gov. Bob Graham’s Florida Committee on Aging. This past August, Polivka received the Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding FCOA Member Award from the Florida Council on Aging during its 2011 annual conference. Polivka […]

Florida State awarded $2.8 million to improve math in early grades

Math skills are increasingly critical to Florida’s economy, yet many of the state’s students struggle with the subject. Their problems begin early: More than one-fifth of Florida third-graders struggle in math, according to this year’s state assessment, and in upper grades, the statistics only grow grimmer. But with a new, $2.8 million grant, researchers at […]

Education professor wins grant to develop digital game-based ‘stealth’ assessments

When playing digital games, children hone skills such as persistence, creative problem solving, and conceptual physics that traditional pen-and-paper assessment methods may not measure. That’s why Florida State University College of Education Professor Valerie Shute is designing, developing and evaluating "stealth" assessments and well-disguised educational content that can be embedded in digital games to surreptitiously […]

Education professor receives grant to evaluate Florida’s Bright Futures program

Since 1997, the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has provided academic scholarships to thousands of the state’s highest-achieving high school seniors. Now, a Florida State University professor has received a major grant that will enable him to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Shouping Hu, a professor of higher education in FSU’s College of Education, […]

FSU to train 200 Northwest Florida teachers in teaching science more effectively via state grant

A new, $3.64 million professional development program designed and implemented by the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University will help middle- and high-school teachers cope with the ever-growing body of science knowledge and evolving educational standards and assessments. Focusing on life and Earth sciences, the project […]

Educational institute to study roadblocks to community-college student transfer, bachelor’s degree completion

The Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Innovation (CHERTI) at Florida State University is initiating a study to examine the factors that limit the ability of community college students to transfer to four-year universities and to successfully earn a bachelor’s degree. David A. Tandberg, assistant professor of higher education at Florida State, will serve […]

Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine kicks off at Florida State

Florida State University experts in medicine, exercise science, nutrition, sports psychology and athletic training have partnered with one of the nation’s premier sports medicine and orthopedic treatment centers to establish the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (ISSM), a public-private collaboration that spells good news for millions of athletes of all ages. Based at Florida […]