Education & Society

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 […]

FSU professors examine methods for boosting teacher quality

What factors enable someone to become an effective teacher? Armed with nearly $1.2 million in research grants, two Florida State University faculty members are seeking answers to that question—and are compiling their findings into a Web site that will help school administrators and other policymakers nationwide create the conditions necessary for students to excel in […]

FSU professor examines jihad in new book, ‘Arguing the Just War in Islam’

“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it ….” With that command, a group of Islamic militants led by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri declared a jihad, or holy war, […]

FSU College of Education to offer joint program with Peace Corps

Florida State University’s College of Education has joined forces with the Peace Corps to develop a graduate program that will incorporate two years of international volunteer service. The Peace Corps Master’s International Program in Education is recruiting its first group of students for the Fall 2008 semester. “The program enables us to offer interested college […]