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Faculty Research

Mills College School of Education faculty are widely renowned for research that addresses critical and timely educational issues and contributes to the advancement of educational practice. Following are examples of faculty research that reflect the range of scholarship at the School of Education.

Joseph E. Kahne

Joseph E. Kahne
Professor of Education
Educational Leadership

High School Learning Opportunities and Youth Political Engagement
Abstract: Using data from an original two-wave panel survey of California high school students and a two-wave panel survey of high school students in Chicago, we find that different pedagogical approaches influence different forms of civic and political engagement. Specifically, controlling for prior levels of engagement and demographic factors, we find that open discussion of societal issues promotes engagement with political issues and elections. In contrast, service learning opportunities increase community-based and expressive actions. Both kinds of opportunities promote commitments to participatory citizenship. These patterns can teach us about the kinds of opportunities (both in school and out) that can shape adolescents' civic and political development. Read article »

Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis
Distinguished Research
Fellow

Improving Teaching Does Improve Teachers: Evidence From Lesson Study
Abstract: In this article, Lesson Study Group researchers at Mills College explain how the professional development strategy of Japanese Lesson Study focuses on both student and teacher learning. They suggest that when teachers work collaboratively to build shared knowledge about content and pedagogy, increased student learning and improved teaching can result. Read article »

Priya Shimpi

Priya Shimpi
Assistant Professor
of Education
Early Childhood
Education

Social and Linguistic Input in Low-Income African American Mother-Child Dyads
Abstract: The relation of social and linguistic input measures to early vocabulary development was examined in 30 low-income African American mother-infant pairs. Significant positive relations were found between linguistic input measures and child vocabulary development. Findings for social input measures included positive relations between directive input and child word types, which differs from previous research with European American middle-class samples. Read article »

Sabrina Zirke

Sabrina Zirkel
Professor of Education
Educational Leadership

Creating More Effective Multi-ethnic Schools
Abstract: This article reviews the empirical literature from education, psychology, and sociology in order to identify strategies to improve the educational outcomes of students of color and interethnic relations in schools and colleges. Read article »

Last Updated: 7/31/13