Fourth Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Professor Sandra Graham
November 4, 2015
On November 4, 2015, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education hosted Dr. Sandra Graham, of UCLA, in the Fourth Annual Research Colloquium. Our renowned speaker Dr. Sandra Graham, Professor, Human Development and Psychology, Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity spoke on "Race, Ethnicity and Social Adjustment of Adolescents: How (not if) School Diversity Matters Please". In this presentation, Dr. Graham explained her research program on students’ academic and social outcomes related to school diversity in a longitudinal study from middle to high school in schools across California. On the basis of this project, Dr. Graham recommended policies to promote diversity as an important goal for the academic and social well-being of students. The presentation stimulated much interest and discussion with a lively Q & A from the audience.
The colloquium was very well attended, with 200 present, including faculty from the COE and across campus, students and classes. There are many individuals who facilitated bringing this event to fruition. These include Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education Michael Spagna, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Director Miguel Ceja, the entire membership of the Research Advisory Committee, Brittany Swinson, Gloria Borysewicz, Callie Juarez, Mario Martinez, and Gloria Derge.
We look forward to planning the Fifth Annual Research Colloquium for next year.
Adele Eskeles Gottfried, Director of Research Enhancement
Third Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
October 29, 2014
On October 29, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education (MDECOE) hosted Dean and Distinguished Professor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, as the Third Annual Research Colloquium Speaker of the MDECOE. His talk, titled: Rethinking Education in the Age of Vertigo: Further thoughts on Globalization, Immigration, and Inequality, focused on critical issues facing the education of students from immigrant families, and the implications of these issues for Los Angeles in particular, and global society in general.
Second Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Dr. James Gee
October 8, 2013
The Second Annual Research Colloquium was held on Tuesday October 8, 2013. We were honored to have renowned researcher and professor, Dr. James Paul Gee, speak about Digital Media and Learning in a Dangerous Age.
First Annual Research Colloquium, Oct. 17th, 2012
Dr. Halpern, who is a McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, and a 2013 James McKeen Cattell Award Recipient for her lifetime contributions to applied psychological research, spoke about her research on: SEX, GENDER, AND COGNITION: HOW THE DATA ARE BEING MISUSED TO SUPPORT THE PSEUDOSCIENCE ON SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLING
One of the most controversial topics in psychology is how, how much, and why females and males differ in some cognitive abilities. The topic is probably as old as humankind and as new as this morning's news. Yet, it continues to fascinate and confound us. The "truth" about cognitive sex differences is complicated, and although there are many similarities in the cognitive abilities of males and females, there are also differences that are very large, and have been replicated across time, cultures, and species. How can we make sense of the large and often contradictory data about cognitive sex differences, and even more importantly, how can we use these data appropriately and guard against their misuse in formulating public policies, including the pseudoscience behind single-sex schooling? Check out www.coedschools.org and join the growing list of professionals who support coeducational schooling.
Pictures from the 2012 Research Colloquium
Dr. Diane Halpern
Dean Michael Spagna, Dr. Diane Halpern, Dr. Adele Gottfried