psychology faculty salaries at four-year colleges and universities and more in this week’s news roundup!

New APA report analyzes psychology faculty salaries at four-year colleges and universities
(Psychological Science Agenda)
The report breaks down salaries by type of institution, rank, gender and other variables.

A New Lesson Plan For High School Psychology
(American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology)
APA offers new resources for teachers to strengthen one of the most important classes students will ever take

Symposia, simplified
(Psychological Science Agenda – From the Science Student Council)
A primer on proposing a scientific conference symposium.

Predicting Performance Improves Learning
(Learning Scientists)
Even though we know that students are not likely to predict their own learning, recent research indicates that asking them to do so might actually improve retention.

The creative brain is wired differently
(Science Daily)
Scientists studying brain scans of people who were asked to come up with inventive uses for everyday objects found a specific pattern of connectivity that correlated with the most creative responses. Researchers were then able to use that pattern to predict how creative other people’s responses would be based on their connections in this network.

Truth decay
That truth matters should be obvious, and any blurring of the line between truth and falsehood, fact and fiction, news and “fake news” should alarm us all.

Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help
(New York Times)
But in high schools and colleges, there is mounting evidence that the growth of online education is hurting a critical group: the less proficient students who are precisely those most in need of skilled classroom teachers.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency
(Education Next)
At a hearing on student debt held last week by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, EdNext executive editor Matt Chingos (who also serves as director of education policy at the Urban Institute) suggested some changes to the way student loans work.

Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research
(Education Next)
New evidence from Louisiana and North Carolina bolsters the case for the premise of the guidance, suggesting that more severe disciplinary outcomes for black students are due in part to discriminatory practice, intended or not. The guidance suggests reducing the use of suspension: research on Philadelphia’s recent efforts to do so points to major implementation challenges.

Racial Disparities in Special Ed.: How Widespread Is the Problem?
(Education Week – Subscription required; free trial)
Are too many minority students being placed into special education who don’t need to be there? And, once enrolled, are they kept in isolated classrooms or punished more severely than their peers?

Experts Agree Social-Emotional Learning Matters, and Are Plotting Roadmap on How to Do It
(Education Week – Subscription required; free trial)
A national coalition of researchers, policymakers, and educators has forged a consensus on why schools need to be more responsive to students’ social, emotional, and developmental needs, and it will now finalize recommendations for how to carry out that vision.

Why You Should Teach at Lunchtime
(Inside Higher Ed)
Students are more creative in the middle of the day, study finds.

How Tips via Text Message May Help Parents and Preschoolers Learn
(KQED – MindShift)
The texts come from a team of researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) Labs. Each message goes out to parents or other caregivers and reminds them of the skills young children will eventually need for school and how to help kids build them.

The Twice Exceptional Movement: Supporting Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties
(Scientific American)
A new book highlights the growing twice exceptional (2e) movement, dedicated to helping those who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties.

More Than Meets the Eye: The Evolution of Personality Testing
(Scientific American)
A new generation of personality tests taps into what we humans are best at: visual processing

Why Don’t Professors Make More Money? The Flexibility They Enjoy, a Study Argues
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Poor pay for rank-and-file academics is such an established fact of life that seldom do we stop and wonder why.

I am Psyched! National Tour at University of Houston
(University of Houston)

I am Psyched! is a multimedia pop-up exhibit on national tour that explores the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology. In partnership with the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology and Psychology’s Feminist Voices, APA’s Women’s Programs Office created the exhibit to engage young women of color in exploring how psychology benefits daily life. Runs January 22nd-January 30th.

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?
(NPR Ed)
How should teachers — both K-12 and college — deal with the use of computers and phones by students in class?

10 Key Points About Active Learning
(Inside Higher Ed)
For well over a decade, I’ve been exploring the science of learning, cognitive neuroscience, research on memory and studies of pedagogy, as well as reading everything I can get my hands on having to do with techniques and methods for meaningful, engaged classrooms. I’m constantly learning, always trying new things when it comes to active learning, which I define as a theory and method of teaching that engages students in the process of thinking meaningfully and deliberately about and then co-creating their learning experiences, in the classroom and beyond.

How Should You Study?
(Eye on Psi Chi)

It happens far too often. A student comes into my office and says, “Dr. G. I studied a lot for the last exam but I still only got a C!” This is a shame but a reality.

2 Evidence-Based Learning Strategies
Spaced and retrieval practice help students retain content and give them a sense of what they know—and what they don’t.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the 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, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.
Hunter Clary
Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve. A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him -- add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.