Michigan State University

Michigan State University

PI: Barbara Schneider

The College of Education at Michigan State University is home to an intensive five-year teacher preparation program, several nationally ranked programs of graduate study and a vibrant research community that is committed to making a difference in practice. MSU College of Education houses the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education which provides national leadership in conducting research related to the most pressing national and international challenges in mathematics and science teaching, at both the K-12 and college levels. The Institute will be collaborating with Dr. Schneider on a new project that will provide an Experience Sampling Laboratory where social scientists from multiple fields can learn how people spend their time and their subjective feelings when engaged in various activities including engagement in school.

Under the guidance of renowned administrators and faculty members in four departments, students have opportunities to pursue or advance careers in teaching, educational administration, higher education, research, policymaking, student affairs, rehabilitation counselling, school psychology, kinesiology and athletic training. The College of Education has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across our nation and world, particularly within the contexts of urban and global education. The faculty remains committed to addressing the educational and physical needs of all learners across the life span, and to working closely with educators, leaders and policymakers in the field (http://education.msu.edu/about/). One new project, lead by Dr. Schneider is a quasi experiment in eight treatment and eight control public high schools to increase the college attendance of low income and minority students. This project is designed to promote a college going culture in both urban and rural schools. The program works collaboratively with the Michigan state education agency and local middle schools in promoting college attendance.