Dr. William C. Smith edited The Global Testing Culture: Shaping Education Policy, Perceptions, and Practice, the latest volume in the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series.
“This book problematizes this culture by providing critical perspectives that challenge the assumptions of the culture and describe how the culture manifests in national contexts. The volume makes it clear that testing, per se, is not the problem. Instead it is how tests are administered, used or misused, and linked to accountability that provide the global testing culture with its powerful ability to shape schools and society and lead to its unintended, undesirable consequences.”
The volume includes an introduction by Smith and 15 chapters written by experts from around the world. Click here to read more.
Haram Jeon and Bryan Mann presented their paper (with Julia Mahfouz and David P. Baker) titled “Women’s Empowerment, Educational Attainment, and Contraceptive Use in Latin American/Caribbean Countries” at the 2015 Population Association of America (PAA) research conference in San Diego, California. The team demonstrated that educational attainment has an independent effect on contraceptive use across several countries. The poster won an award ribbon for best poster in their session!
Penn State’s Population Research Institute (PRI) funded a new experimental study titled, “Education Level and Perceptions of Low Nicotine Cigarette Messaging.” The study will evaluate prevention responses to reduced nicotine tobacco cigarettes, differentiating by education level and will examine the effects of education on perceptions of these health messages. The team will also consider how smokers and non-smokers with different levels of education respond to health messages related to reduced nicotine products. The study builds on the research team’s previous research on the Population Education Transition (PET) Curve. The project will be conducted by co-principal investigators Steven Branstetter, David Baker, Paul Eslinger, Nathan Dieckmann, Ellen Peters, William Smith, and Ismael G. Munoz.
Dr. David Baker is co-principal investigator (with Dr. Karly Sarita Ford) on a new research project that was funded by the Spencer Foundation. The project is titled “The Educational and Cognitive Transformation of Social Opportunity and Inequality” and builds on Baker’s previous work on the changing nature of work, education, and society. The project will use a series of international datasets to answer the following research questions: What is the impact of cognitive job skills and educational credentials on occupational outcomes for cohorts of young American adults between 1992 and 2012? How do advanced degrees and cognitive skills from schooling influence labor market opportunity and disadvantage for groups that vary by gender, race, immigrant status and parental education? And to put the American case in greater context, what is the relationship between education and cognitive abilities and labor market outcomes in other highly developed national economies?
Professor Baker’s new book, The Schooled Society, was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the American Education Research Association. Click here to read more.
Soon after, The Schooled Society was awarded a Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs).
Photos courtesy of the American Educational Research Association.
On April 24th, Professor Baker called into the Matt Townsend Show. During the interview he was asked about the Flynn Effect and discussed his work on education and intelligence. Click here to listen.
Professor David Baker was interviewed by Pacific Standard magazine for a piece on the effects of education on intelligence. The Pacific Standard article summarizes recent studies that counter the common assumption that intelligence is entirely determined by genetics. Click here to read more.