Education & Society

Florida State researcher wins $2.8 million to study school readiness of Spanish-speaking children

A Florida State University researcher has won a $2.8 million federal grant to study ways to increase the school readiness skills and subsequent academic achievement of Spanish-speaking children in the United States. Christopher Lonigan, a psychology professor and associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and a team of researchers will evaluate the […]

Language and literacy researcher wins third early career award

A Florida State University educator is quickly making a name for herself in the area of child development research. Carol Connor, an associate professor in the College of Education and faculty member in the Florida Center for Reading Research, has received the 2009 Early Career Research Contributions to Child Development Award given by the Society […]

The Obama effect: Researchers cite president’s role in reducing racism

President Obama spurred a dramatic change in the way whites think about African-Americans before he had even set foot in the Oval Office, according to a new study. Florida State University Psychology Professor E. Ashby Plant and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Patricia Devine have documented a decrease in racial prejudice during the Fall 2008 period […]

Another major award for Florida State book on educational technology

A book co-edited by Florida State University College of Education Professor Robert Reiser and Florida State alumnus John Dempsey recently received the 2008 James W. Brown Publications Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). "Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology" was recognized by AECT as an outstanding publication in the […]

College of Education’s Mode L. Stone Building recognized for architectural excellence

The Mode L. Stone Building, home to The Florida State University’s College of Education, and Elliot Marshall Innes, P.A., a Tallahassee-based architectural firm, have received a 2008 Chapter Design Merit Award from the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a 26,000-square-foot addition that was completed in September 2008. The biennial award […]

Florida State symposium to explore role of tribunals in combating war crimes

The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights is sponsoring a symposium that will bring together leaders in the international justice movement to assess the role criminal tribunals have in combating torture, genocide and war crimes. "International Criminal Tribunals: Problems and Prospects" is set for Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, […]

Education professor dispels myths about gifted children

Though not often recognized as “special needs” students, gifted children require just as much attention and educational resources to thrive in school as do other students whose physical, behavioral, emotional or learning needs require special accommodations. So says a Florida State University professor who has studied gifted students for years. Steven I. Pfeiffer is a […]

Facebook generation learning social, technical skills online, Florida State researcher says

Worried about the amount of time today’s kids spend texting, chatting, blogging, gaming and Facebook-ing? Don’t. Rather than fear the time young people devote to technological pursuits, there are many reasons for adults to embrace and even facilitate youth engagement with digital media, according to Florida State University’s Lisa Tripp, who was a member of […]

Florida State University trains principals to support math, science learning

With help from Florida State University, some 700 public school principals from throughout Florida are learning more about the state’s new math and science education standards — and discovering new techniques regarding the teaching of “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects that they can implement in their schools. Laura Hassler Lang “I can clearly […]

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 […]