On the Ground is the official blog of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC).
Faculty, staff, and student contributors use Q&As, op-eds, research reports, and other accessible formats to provide practice-ready and policy-relevant information about research findings in the following four domains: education and child development; race, poverty, and inequality; health and well-being; and justice and welfare systems. The goal is to speak to all sides of the research-practice-policy divide. On the Ground also highlights how research, policy, and practice partnerships can address the many pressing social issues we face, both domestically and globally.
Understanding Cash Transfers
The COVID pandemic has created both a public health emergency and a gigantic financial shock. Millions of people have lost their livelihoods. People need cash to support themselves and their loved ones, and this pandemic brings to the fore a policy set of responses that Dr. Lisa Gennetian and Dr. Daniela Del Boca have worked on for many years. Dr. Lawrence Aber recently spoke with Drs. Del Boca and Gennetian about their cash transfer research and the context of their work.Read More
Dr. Natalie Brito explores myths and misconceptions that accompany bilingual learning in the United States, specifically for children who are learning English as a second language. Through evidence-based, culturally appropriate tools such as Dr. Brito's Háblame Bebé mobile phone app, parents can complete educational modules, receive reminders to incorporate language into everyday activities, and learn about the benefits of bilingualism.
The move to remote learning caused by the COVID-19 crisis has sparked renewed interest in achievement and opportunities gaps for historically marginalized groups. One such group are multilingual learners—students who speak a language or languages other than English at home. Multilingual learners bring a host of assets to school. However, with widespread segregation and inadequate linguistic support, they face many challenges in achieving academically.
Educators and policymakers often talk about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during college, but the gender gap is not the same across all STEM fields. Dr. Joseph Cimpian, Dr. Taek Kim, and IES-PIRT fellow Zachary McDermott conducted research on understanding these persistent gender gaps in STEM.
Dr. Rachel Kuo of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and the Asian American Feminist Collective discusses the role of media-making, specifically zines, in her activism and political education.
Dr. Sumie Okazaki, NYU Steinhardt professor of Applied Psychology, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the racism that Asian Americans face, as well as resources for how parents and other adults can help Asian American children and youth.
Dr. Moira R. Dillon, Assistant Professor of Psychology, helps families can bring STEM home and even to contribute to science, so that children can have fun and learn and researchers can test and improve STEM curricula for the future.