10 Trends to Watch in Psychology and more in this week’s news roundup

10 Trends to Watch in Psychology
(Monitor on Psychology)

Explore how several far-reaching developments in psychology are transforming the field and society at large.

Why Isn’t researchED More Popular in the US…Yet?
(Effortful Educator)

There’s no gimmick with researchED and evidence-based practice.  Research tells us of certain learning strategies that assist with retention of material.  ResearchED aims to further the proliferation of this knowledge.

Psychologists strive to do good work
(Washington Post)
Regarding Roy Eidelson’s Oct. 15 Outlook essay, “Psychology is finally coming to grips with enabling torture”: Psychology benefits society and improves people’s lives. It is critical to distinguish between the actions of two rogue psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA’s notorious detainee torture program during the George W. Bush administration and the profession of psychology as a whole.

Teaching Psychology (with Regan Gurung and Stephanie Franks)
(UWGB Psych Podcast)
In this episode guest host Regan Gurung and Stephanie Franks, teacher at Springboro high school in Springboro, Ohio, talk about teaching high school psychology and its importance.

Memories are made of this

Three simple but hugely important aspects of memory are largely being overlooked in schools, but the right classroom approach could see students retaining the maximum amount of learning for their efforts, says Dylan Wiliam.

Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work
(The Guardian)

In an extract from his book on bridging the gap between research and teaching practice, Carl Hendrick picks key techniques for teaching effectively.

‘They Can’t Just Be Average’: Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar
(NPR Code Switch)
“They can’t just be average.” Charles Curtis is talking about the roughly 100 young, black men in the inaugural freshman class at Ron Brown College Prep, a radical new high school in Washington, D.C. Curtis, the school psychologist, puts it simply: “There is no place in the world for an average black person.”

Teachers Report Stressed, Anxious Students In The ‘Age Of Trump’
(NPR Ed)
In a national survey by UCLA researchers, teachers say they have students who are concerned for themselves and their families. And some teachers have seen a decline in classroom civility.

Learning How Bullying Happens In Order To Prevent It
(NPR Ed)
A new national survey asked students about how they experience bullying in order to help educators try to stop it.

Daydreaming is good: It means you’re smart
(Science Daily)
Brain study suggests mind wandering at work and home may not be as bad as you might think.

Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores
(Science Daily)
Students, and people in general, can tend to overestimate their own abilities. But new research shows that students who overcome this tendency score better on final exams. The boost is strongest for students in the lower 25 percent of the class. By thinking about their thinking, a practice called metacognition, these students raised their final exam scores by 10 percent on average — a full letter grade.

When Classroom Technology Impedes Student Learning
(Education Next)
New research in the latest issue of Education Next does an elegant job of capturing the perils of ed tech. Researchers Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael Walker report intriguing but disquieting findings from a randomized controlled classroom experiment conducted at West Point.

Educating and Motivating Students
(Education Week – Subscription Required; Free Trial)
How students feel about school has high-stakes implications for the rest of their lives.

Isolation, loneliness for college students persists in a partisan era on college campuses
(Inside Higher Ed)
A new viral video from a Cornell student captures one of the most persistent problems among freshmen — loneliness.

How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change
(KQED – MindShift)
During his work consulting with school leaders around change strategies, psychologist Robert Evans has found it tremendously important for leaders to understand that for many people, change — at least at first — isn’t about growth or capacity building or learning; it’s about loss.

Amazon Is Hiring Ph.D.s — Hundreds This Year
(Chronicle of Higher Education)
The retail behemoth has hired nearly 500 Ph.D.s, former professors among them, since the beginning of this year to work in its applied-science and research-science units, according to company figures. The pace and scale of that hiring are far greater than those of any college or university in the country.

Weekly Digest #82: How To Successfully Bust Myths
(The Learning Scientists)
Misconceptions and myths are daily fare in education. It is usually extremely difficult to convince someone to overcome their misconceptions or false beliefs and to replace it with scientific facts. An example of this is for example the generally held belief in Learning Styles. In today’s digest, we want to look at why such myths persist and how we can bust them successfully.

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.
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.