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2006: Research Highlights


Amy Stuart Wells

Amy Stuart Wells

Suniya Luthar

Suniya Luthar

Suniya Luthar, Professor of Psychology and Education, is the lead author of a study published in Developmental Psychology that counters the widespread per-ception that affluent children today are typically suffering from stress caused by "over-scheduling." The study of 300 eighth graders from well-to-do families finds instead that problems such as poor psychological profiles, low functioning at school and general unhappiness result from children's perception that adults are critical of them or setting unrealistic expectations-'"or stem from children being unsupervised after school. The adolescents in the study list "fun" as their primary reason for engaging in so many activities.  

A study published in Contemporary Educational Psychology by Stephen Peverly, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, and former TC students Zheng Zhou of St. John's University and Tao Xin of Beijing Normal University, finds that while American third grade mathematics teachers are more knowledgeable about general educational theories and classroom skills, their Chinese counterparts have stronger knowledge of the subject matter they are teaching. The finding could help explain why Chinese children consistently outperform American children in almost every area of math achievement.

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Charles Basch, TC's Richard March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, suggests that prompting patients via telephone outreach can dramatically increase screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) in an urban minority population. The method could help to reduce CRC incidences and deaths in black men and women, who are at significantly higher risk for both than whites.

TC announces The New York Latino Research Clearinghouse, an online source of the most up-to-date research reports, academic papers and policy news that relate to the Latino populations of the United States. Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz, Professor of Economics and Education at TC and Affiliate Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, is the Managing Editor for the Clearinghouse, which is funded by the New York State legislature. The Clearinghouse can be visited at

The Campaign for Educational Equity launches a major initiative through which more than 15 TC faculty members will review existing knowledge and identify knowledge gaps in 12 priority areas of equity-related research, ranging from high-quality teaching and effective educational leadership to appropriate physical and mental health care services and effective parent involvement and family support. Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, is named The Campaign's Deputy Director in charge of research.

Teachers College becomes home to the new National Center for Post-Secondary Research, the nation's largest federally funded research center of higher education, in partnership with the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, MDRC (a non-partisan social policy research organization) and faculty from Princeton and Harvard. TC Professor Thomas Bailey is named the Center's Director.

These are just some of the outstanding research projects at TC. Visit for a look at presentations by TC faculty and students at the 2007 meeting of the American Education Research Association.

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