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Middle-school reform efforts at UF receive $600,000 boost

Middle-school reform efforts at UF receive $600,000 boost

Published: Jan 15th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—In the 1960s, University of Florida education researchers helped pioneer the middle school movement, recommending that educators handle a child’s critical formative years in a transitional setting, rather than in the regimented, departmentalized junior-senior high school system.

Sex education in Florida schools varies widely, not available to all students

Published: Nov 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study reveals sex education programs in Florida’s public schools vary widely in content and often are afforded little class time — and many students miss out altogether.

UF study: School district size often determines fate of zero tolerance

Published: Oct 25th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The size of the school district often determines whether students are punished under zero tolerance policies and given another chance for an education, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF becomes first university in U.S. to establish EU-funded Jean Monnet Centre

Published: Sep 12th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has become the first American institution to receive funding from the European Union to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on campus.

UF study: ‘Course shopping’ costing students and colleges

Published: Aug 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It is a familiar source of frustration for anyone who has studied in a university or community college: you desperately need a specific course, but the class is full by the time you get to register.

Hispanic students perform better in colleges with larger Hispanic communities, UF study finds

Published: Feb 15th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hispanic students at community colleges with large Hispanic populations are more likely to earn higher grades and complete their courses, according to a study headed by a professor at the University of Florida’s College of Education.

UF study: Teacher merit pay boosts student standardized test scores

Published: Jan 4th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A carrot for teachers helps students stick to the books, according to a new University of Florida study that finds merit pay for instructors equates to better test scores for their pupils.

UF study: Florida faces shortage of Spanish-speaking school counselors

UF study: Florida faces shortage of Spanish-speaking school counselors

Published: Oct 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hispanics make up the largest minority in Florida schools, but administrators in eight out of 10 school districts say they don’t have enough Spanish-speaking counselors to serve the growing Hispanic population, according to a University of Florida study.

UF launches one of the nation’s first organic agriculture degree programs

Published: Aug 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With revenues from U.S. organic food sales climbing by almost 20 percent each year, the demand for skilled workers in this field is booming – and a new University of Florida academic program will help meet producers’ needs.

UF study: Contrasting teaching styles in U.S.-China classrooms may influence students’ learning preferences

Published: Aug 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chinese children want to learn practical knowledge in an organized environment, while their American counterparts prefer a more imaginative school environment, a University of Florida study suggests.