Archived News

Archived News

Research Peter Mundy
Photo of Peter Mundy at the UC Davis M.I.N.D Institute

Virtual Reality and Augmented Social Training for Autism

November 2009

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 Brain.

News Cynthia Carter Ching

Tackling the digital divide in schools

Cynthia Carter Ching-2009

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.

Spotlight Cary Trexler
Cary Trexler with associates

Cary Trexler

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.”

Portrait of Paul Heckman

Paul Heckman

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 Heckman.

Spotlight Rebecca Ambrose
Rebecca Ambrose working with elementary school student

Rebecca Ambrose

For Rebecca Ambrose, the key to teaching math to children lies in an understanding of how they solve problems before anyone has taught them.

“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.

Tobin White presenting about Collaborative Problem-Solving  in Algebra

Collaborative Problem Solving in Algebra

Tobin White's Current Research

Tobin White, associate professor of mathematics education, is investigating how collaborative problem-solving among students using handheld computers can increase learning in algebra.

Jamal Abedi presenting research on English Learning Assessments

Jamal Abedi presents research on English Learner assessments

Fall 2009

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 University.

Log in