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Reviving an Ancient Whistle Language

June 19, 2019

We often think shouting is the way to get our voice to carry, but evidence of whistle languages around the globe prove otherwise. Whistle languages were developed specifically for the efficiency of communication between people over distance. On the island of La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, ‘el silbo’ is one such ancient whistling language. A large community used ‘el silbo’ to get sometimes-urgent messages across the...

Center on Literacy and Deafness

June 19, 2019

The Center on Literacy and Deafness is a multi-university Center funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences. The UA research team includes Shirin D. Antia , M. Christina Rivera , Jennifer Catalano, and Janna Dunagan. Their collaborations work toward the identification of instructional variables that influence Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children's learning of literacy and language. In order to develop promising and effective...

Project NAVIGATE

June 19, 2019

As powerful geographic information systems and technologies revolutionize planning and operations in the military, the University of Arizona has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy. Led by the College of Education's Sara Chavarria, an interdisciplinary team has launched "NAVy Intelligence through Geospatial Applications and TEchnology," or NAVIGATE...

Education has a part in new Biofuels Center

June 19, 2019

What if the arid southwest could yield crops that were profitable and drought friendly? The College of Education’s Sara Chavarria is collaborating on the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) project led by University of Arizona professor Kim Ogden on the mass production of new biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. The five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of...

Indigenous Teacher Education Project

June 19, 2019

The Indigenous Teacher Education Project (ITEP) is a 4-year project in partnership with the Gila River Indian Community, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, and Tucson Unified School District to strengthen the learning experiences of indigenous students by addressing the need to increase the number of Indigenous teachers serving Indigenous students, schools, and communities. The project is led by Valerie Shirley , in collaboration with...

How Adolescents Analyze Literature in Digital Environments

June 19, 2019

In this study, Blaine Smith closely examines 10th-grade students as they collaboratively create multimodal projects connected to literature in multilingual ELA classes. Findings from this project will advance the field in understanding how students’ literacy-learning is revealed, and how it travels and transforms across different modalities in digital environments. The outcome will also aid English Language Arts teachers in effectively...

Spaces of hope: Exploring racial and academic identity formation in Black male affinity groups

June 19, 2019

DeMarcus Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Practices is the principal investigator on a new project supported by the Smith Jr. Faculty Award which explores Black students experiences in predominately Latinx schools. Students are constantly bombarded with messages about race and other aspect of their identity (e.g. socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and many others) from a variety of...

Cognition and Memory

June 19, 2019

As the director of the Cognition and Memory in Education and Learning (CAMEL) lab, Jonathan Tullis investigates how learning environments can prompt learners to capitalize on the strengths of memory, minimize the impact of the weakness of memory, and decrease the efforts learners expend. His research brings to light a better understanding of fundamental cognitive processes so that educators can more effectively structure learning environments...

You are Here.

June 19, 2019

University campus. Education college. The heat of a Tucson summer.

High school students from our Upward Bound program attended a summer camp around spatial thinking and digital mapping. Students were challenged to utilize spatial thinking by exploring a variety of maps, and by writing narratives revolving around physical locations and spatial elements in their community. When students learned to compose a StoryMap, or an organized...

Upward Bound

June 19, 2019

As reported by UA News: Low-income high school students whose parents do not have undergraduate degrees will now have four continuous years of academic and social support to help prepare them for college life. The University of Arizona's College of Education has received $257,500 for an initial year of funding from the U.S. Department of Education to launch Upward Bound , an evidence-based program providing the social and academic capital-...