The School of Education and LEED (Linking Education and Economic
Development) have received a planning grant from the California
STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) to develop a regional STEM
education network, in support of in-school and out of school
programs in science, technology, engineering and math.
Educational Interventions for Students with Autism,
published as the first in the Autism for Educators
series by the UC Davis Mind Institute, has been released. The
book is edited by Peter Mundy and Ann Mastergeorge. It provides
information on topics related to deepening educators’
understanding of the issues and best practices involved in
education for autism, including practical strategies for
teachers, parents and school administrators.
Purchase the book here.
In an era of public skepticism about science and high-stakes
decisions based on it, involving more non-scientists in research
projects can boost public acceptance, understanding and the
quality of the scientific results, a study co-authored by a UC
Davis researcher suggests.
The study will be presented on Monday, May 3, at the 91st annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association in
Peter Mundy, professor and director of educational research at
the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, holds a multi-year grant
that has been designated a priority by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH). This project is designed to develop virtual reality
educational methods that can help very bright children with
autism improve social and emotional regulation skills that will
help them learn and adapt in school and vocational settings. In
fall 2009, Mundy launched the development phase of a virtual
reality lab, housed at the UC Davis Center for the Mind and
Cynthia Carter Ching, an expert on technology and education,
represented the K-12 perspective at “Computers & Writing 2009:
Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing,” a conference hosted at UC
Davis during the summer 2009.
In 2007, Cary Trexler, an assistant professor and expert on
agriculture education, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright
fellowship to extend his research and outreach in Vietnam.
“Ultimately, all of this work has the potential to move the
School of Education beyond a focus on secondary schools to
opportunities for education policy and administration,” said
Trexler. “It is potentially an opportunity to understand and
participate in a restructuring of an entire educational system.”
Paul Heckman knows firsthand the power of a community that takes
charge of its own destiny. In fact, he believes communities made
up of empowered parents have schools that function better.
Usually schools talk to parents: administrators and teachers tell
them what their children are doing in school and report on their
academic progress. It is a one-way conversation, according to
For Rebecca Ambrose, the key to teaching math to children lies in
an understanding of how they solve problems before anyone has
“Kids use informal strategies and can figure things out in very
interesting and sophisticated ways. What we observe about how
they approach mathematical problem solving can inform the basis
for teachers’ instruction,” said Ambrose.
Jamal Abedi was invited to the United Kingdom this fall to
present his findings on linguistic factors in the assessment
of English learners. He met with faculty and students at the
University of Bristol, and presented at an International
Conference on Education and Development at Oxford