Quantitative Ethnography

David Williamson Shaffer’s talk “Quantitative Ethnography” (Aarhus, 2016): The ability to teach and assess the development of complex thinking skills is crucial for 21st century educational research. In the age of educational games and the Big Data they generate, we have more information than ever about what students are...
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ENA for Readers of Mandarin

Last year, we had the privilege of hosting Xu Fenghua as a visiting scholar. Xu came to us from South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China, where she studies vocational and technical education. She has kindly prepared an overview of epistemic network analysis (ENA) in Mandarin.
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Virtual Internships Featured in a Report of the National Academies

A recent report published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, “Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum,” reports on a convocation held to discuss the present state and future of course-based undergraduate research experiences. The goals of the convocation were to (1) try to identify and...
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The Future of Internships is Virtual

From the Wisconsin Center for Education Research Newsletter. The internship, a long-held tradition of the business world, is overdue for innovation, says David Williamson Shaffer, a learning sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is an alum of the Peace Corps and MIT’s famed Media Lab. Backed by...
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What it Means to Get a Ph.D.

      In the past two years, Matt Might’s “The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.” has received a lot of attention, but he’s got it wrong. Here’s why I got a Ph.D., and why I think you should too.                
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This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (DRL-0918409, DRL-0946372, DRL-1247262, DRL-1418288, DRL-1661036, DRL-1713110, DUE-0919347, DUE-1225885, EEC-1232656, EEC-1340402, REC-0347000), the MacArthur Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The opinions, findings, and conclusions do not reflect the views of the funding agencies, cooperating institutions, or other individuals.