Category Archives: Publications

An Illustrated Ode to Women in Science

This MPR Story describes Rachel Ignotofsky’s illustrated book on women scientists.

An illustrated ode to women in science (MPR)


Action in Teacher Education Journal: Call for Reviewers

Here is an invitation from Tom Lucey of the Action in Teacher Education Journal (by way of the AERA Qualitative Research SIG).
The editing team of Action in Teacher Education, a national peer reviewed journal that publishes scholarship relating to research in teacher education (pre- and in-service) and pedagogy, seeks reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal.  We are looking for teaching and research faculty from across research methodologies and areas of expertise with the time, and willingness to conduct rigorous analyses of submissions and provide constructive feedback that informs editors and authors about manuscripts’ strengths and weaknesses.
Those interested should send an email providing their (1) name, (2) title, (3) affiliation, (4) research foci, and (5) methodological expertise to   This is a journal of the Association of Teacher Educators.

If you are a member of AERA, be sure to check the website for additional opportunities for reviewing conference paper proposals as well as journal manuscripts.  –Edprof

The Condition of Education


Protesting Against Education Budget Cuts
Protesting Against Education Budget Cuts (Photo credit: infomatique)

My previous post noted that tuition pays only a small portion of the cost of higher education in public colleges and universities.  According to this year’s Condition of Education report, in 2009 – 2010, tuition accounted for about 16 – 18 percent of the total revenue of  public postsecondary institutions (and 90% of private, for-profit post-secondary institutions).  The Condition of Education is a report mandated by the United States federal government and published each year by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  The report is available for download at no charge and contains a wealth of information about educational institutions at all levels, including elementary and secondary, postsecondary, public, private non-profit and private, for-profit institutions.  This is a rich, detailed, well-organized and trustworthy analysis of massive amounts of data that can be very useful for academic research and writing projects.

Here are a few direct quotes that reflect current conditions and changing trends in higher education (from the 2012 Condition of Education Overview).  A useful and informative resource:

In 2009–10, more than half of the 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees awarded were in five fields: business, management, marketing, and personal and culinary services (22 percent); social sciences and history (10 percent); health professions and related programs (8 percent); education (6 percent); and psychology (6 percent) (indicator 38).

Approximately 56 percent of male and 61 percent of female first-time, full-time students who sought a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution in fall 2004 completed their degree at that institution within 6 years (indicator 45).

In 2011, some 32 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. From 1980 to 2011, the gap in the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher between Whites and Hispanics widened from 17 to 26 percentage points, and the gap between Whites and Blacks widened from 13 to 19 percentage points (indicator 48).

In 2010, young adults ages 25–34 with a bachelor’s degree earned 114 percent more than young adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent, 50 percent more than young adult high school completers, and 22 percent more than young adults with an associate’s degree (indicator 49).


The Condition of Education — Index  —  [The 2012 report and related information can be downloaded from this site.  An ebook of the report is also available.]

The Condition of Education — Overview, Section 3 – Postsecondary Education and Outcomes —

The Condition of Education — Postsecondary Revenues

Professions Education Research

The great migration to this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver is about to begin.  And this is as good a reason as any to highlight some resources of interest to those who are interested in educating (future or practicing) professionals.  AERA Division I (Education in the Professions)  will sponsor a series of scientific paper presentations, symposia and discussions this year focusing primarily on research on the education of professionals in a variety of fields (law, healthcare, engineering, teaching, social work, military, ministry…). The Division I newsletter, Professionals Education Research Quarterly (PERQ), is available online.

Here is how Division I describes itself:

The purpose of this Division is to further educational research, development, and evaluation in the professions by supporting scholarly presentations and publications; providing opportunities for professional growth and recognition; enhancing communication, outreach, and networking among members; and improving the capacity of the educational research profession to inform practice and policy as it relates to education in the professions.

Division I has brought together experts to produce a series of books focusing on education in the professions: Innovation and Change in Professional Education.

There are several other AERA Divisions and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of potential interest to people interested in professional studies.   Right now, the best route to this information is through the main AERA home page (then to “about AERA” — “member constituents” — “Divisions“).  For example, Divisions J and K focus on Postsecondary Education and Teaching and Teacher Education, respectively.

For all those heading to Vancouver — have a safe journey!  For those who won’t be attending this year — a good chance to catch up on reading about the professions and professional life.  — EdProf

Integrity and Leadership in Higher Education

The Center for Creative Leadership  sponsors the Leading Effectively e-Newsletter that recently published an article on team “blockers” and “activators.”  My department chair passed this along to us, and I pass it along to those who might find it of interest: “Are you a Blocker or an Activator?”  [It was a gift, so it will circulate!  But I will have more to say on this in another post.]

In higher education, issues related to academic integrity (and how to help students acquire or maintain it) have been getting a lot of attention lately.   The Faculty Focus “e-zine”, recently published some tips on deterring cheating in an article titled “Five Strategies for Deterring Cheating.”

My sense is that academic integrity has to begin with faculty members’ own moral commitments and standards.  Although this might seem to be pretty straightforward, emerging technologies and the changing contexts of academic life add new layers of complexity.  See, for example, this Faculty Focus discussion of plagiarism:  “Are You Committing Plagiarism? Top Five Overlooked Citations to Add to Your Course Materials

Two Views on Science, Technology and Engineering

Here is a recent contribution to the discourse on expanding access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for minority students. The National Academy of Science provides free and open access to its publications. Most can also be purchased through their website. As this volume points out, the conversation about the importance of STEM education to the common good has quite a long history in the United States.

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

On a different note, here is a powerful post from Patrick Meier, posted on his fascinating “” site:

A List of Completely Wrong Assumptions About Technology Use in Emerging Economies.

What seems especially commendable about Patrick’s observations is the degree to which it demonstrates cultural reciprocity, and the warm response this generated from his readers.


Handbook of Research in Social Foundations

The Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education is now in print. All of the editors and the contributors who made this volume possible are to be congratulated for their work on this important project.