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University of Minnesota blog shares research to improve the lives of children, families and communities

The new CEHDVision2020 blog offers perspectives on human development across the lifespan

February 9, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has launched a new blog —CEHDVision2020.umn.edu—that presents research-driven solutions to complex problems in a simple, accessible format for families, educators and communities. The blog will share knowledge gained from across the college on a diverse group of education and child development topics, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; literacy and reading comprehension; child welfare; parenting; and teaching.

The new blog draws on the strengths of CEHD—its extensive research across the lifespan—with content centered on the theme of ideas, research and impact. Blog authors will include research center directors, professors, research fellows, curriculum developers and teaching specialists.

“By sharing our insights on the psychological, physical and social development of children into adulthood, we aim to make a real difference in our communities by positively impacting people’s lives,” explains CEHD Dean Jean Quam. “Our research has long offered practical suggestions for improving student engagement and enhancing classroom achievement. But CEHD is not just for teachers anymore. By creating this blog, we now have an avenue to share our perspectives gained from extensive research across a variety of topics and to reach a broader audience.”

The blog kick offs with a six-part series on STEM education, with answers to the following questions:

  • How can U.S. education and our global competiveness be positively impacted by STEM?
  • How does STEM content differ from the traditional textbook approach?
  • How can STEM become culturally and socially relevant to better engage students?

The STEM series offers insights from Gillian Roehrig and Tamara Moore, co-directors of CEHD’s STEM Education Center. Their research centers on STEM integration and teaching from early childhood through graduate education.

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