What Do Psychology Faculty Earn, Thinking like a Psychological Scientist and more in this week’s news roundup!

What Do Psychology Faculty Earn
(Monitor on Psychology)

The latest data analysis from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies. For example, in 2017 the median salary for tenured/tenure-track professors was $99,033.

Thinking like a Psychological Scientist

We are bombarded every day with claims about how the world works, claims that have a direct impact on how we think about and solve problems in society and our personal lives. This module explores important considerations for evaluating the trustworthiness of such claims by contrasting between scientific thinking and everyday observations (also known as “anecdotal evidence”).

What High School Psychology Students Told Us About the Future of Healthy Aging
(Psychology Benefits Society)

In the past year, high school psychology students embarked upon an essay to describe an “Aging World,” the theme of this year’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) annual essay competition for high school psychology students. Ultimately, four students from high schools around the world were named winners, but the broader impact was that a bevy of young people learned about how to age well and how to support this goal for our current aging population.

2017 Education Research Highlights

Twelve studies that educators should know about, on everything from the benefits of mentors to the most effective studying strategies.

Navigating From Graduate School to Early Career Booklet
(APA’s Psyc IQ)
Traversing the landscape from graduate student to early career psychologist can be challenging. This two-volume series offers useful tools and advice for those on the journey. The first volume includes articles on how to succeed in the early years of graduate school, including how to find a mentor, how to pay for graduate education, and how to improve your writing and presentation skills.

A More Concrete Classroom
(Effortful Educator)
One thing teachers do is reflect…reflect on their instruction, its impact, and how to improve.  In my reflection upon the first semester, I believe I’ve done some things quite well…introducing my students to the strategies and benefits of retrieval practicespaced practicedual coding, and interleaving.

Why We Should All Care About Teacher Working Conditions
(Education Week Teacher)

There’s a term in yoga for a focused gaze you use when trying to balance: drishti. In a room full of people and distractions, when you are faced with a challenging situation, a strong strategy for keeping your balance is to focus on the drishti. It helps everything else stay solid, keeping you grounded when things might be feeling shaky.

School-Based Mental Health Services: Improving Student Learning and Well-Being
(National Association of School Psychologists)

Mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social–emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve as well.

Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related
(Science Direct)

Student evaluation of teaching (SET) ratings are used to evaluate faculty’s teaching effectiveness based on a widespread belief that students learn more from highly rated professors.

The Dawn of Social Robots
(Monitor on Psychology)

The next generation of robots will interact with people in their homes, schools, and workplaces.  To do it right, roboticists must dip heavily into psychological science.

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students
Enabling students to experience accomplishments and improvement builds their feeling of competence—a powerful intrinsic motivator.

Rated PG: Profoundly Gifted
(NPR’s 1A – Audio, no transcript)
Enabling students to experience accomplishments and improvement builds their feeling of competence—a powerful intrinsic motivator. But what is life really like if you’re profoundly gifted, with an IQ of at least 160? And what’s it like living among the rest of us?

New brain mapping technique highlights relationship between connectivity and IQ
(Science Daily)
A new and relatively simple technique for mapping the wiring of the brain has shown a correlation between how well connected an individual’s brain regions are and their intelligence, say researchers.

Research reveals ‘shocking’ weakness of lab courses
(Science Daily)
With the new emphasis on hands-on, active learning throughout higher education, lab courses would seem to have an advantage — what could be more active than doing experiments? But surprising new research reveals traditional labs fall far short of their pedagogical goals.

Perfectionism among young people significantly increased since 1980s, study finds
(Science Daily)
The drive to be perfect in body, mind and career among today’s college students has significantly increased compared with prior generations, which may be taking a toll on young people’s mental health, according to research.

8 Education Stories We’ll Be Reading in 2018
(Education Week)
As we wade into 2018, I thought I’d give my not-so-famed prognostication skills a spin. Here’s Rick Hess’ best guess at eight education stories we just may be reading in the year ahead. Number 1? Conference small talk leads to a massive but short-lived pivot in education advocacy.

The Five big Ed Reform Stories of 2018
Advertisements for investment funds always say that past performance is no guarantee of future results; in the case of my forecasting skills, that’s probably a good thing. After all, in 2016 I claimed that Donald Trump would never become president, and a year ago I thought that 2017 might be the year of coming back together again. So, in the spirit of third time’s a charm, not three strikes and you’re out, here’s what I see coming down the pike in 2018.

You’re Teaching Subject Matter Wrong
(Education Week)
An open letter to educators from the material they teach.

4 Ways to Get Skeptics to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning
(Education Week)
We can no longer debate whether social-emotional learning is the job of schools. What students experience at home bleeds into the classroom, affecting how they learn. Students need to feel emotionally connected to school and understand how to self-regulate their emotions.

Guiding Students to Be Independent Learners
Three strategies for helping students become self-motivating and take charge of their learning.

In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning?
(KQED – MindShift)
Observing a group of students conversing deeply as a team, checking resources on a Chromebook, presenting solutions to a problem in a project, or responding to open ended questions, you might ask yourself: What the heck is going on? Is this learning?

Serving Neurodiverse Students
(The Chronicle of Higher Education – Video Interview with transcript)
Peter Eden is president of Landmark College, which serves students who are on the autism spectrum or who have dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, or other learning disabilities. He chats with The Chronicle about Landmark’s pedagogical approach, the changing culture around neurodiversity, and the rewards and challenges of the college’s mission.


About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.