It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education…and more in this week’s news roundup!

It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education
(NY Times – The Upshot)
Teasing out the specific effect of money spent is methodologically difficult. Opponents of increased school funding have seized on that ambiguity to argue that, for schools, money doesn’t matter — and, therefore, more money isn’t needed. But new, first-of-its-kind research suggests that conclusion is mistaken.

The Personal Lecture: How to make big classes feel small
(The Chronicle of Higher Education – Subscription Required)

Introduction to Psychology is about to begin. A student in the front row of the studio audience cues her 23 classmates to give her professors a rousing cheer.

USA Funds Moves to Further Focus on Education Philanthropy and Investing
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

USA Funds, which has played a growing role in education philanthropy and investing in the last few years, announced on Wednesday that it would shed its loan-guarantee affiliates. Officials at the $1-billion organization said the move would allow it to further focus on its new mission of ensuring that college leads to meaningful results for students, which it does by making grants and investments in for-profit and nonprofit companies and organizations.

Choosing Between Shelter and School
(The Atlantic Education)

Dealing with the logistics of getting to school can be a major challenge for the increasing number of children in New York City who are homeless, many of them shuffled from shelter to shelter, according to a recent report by the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO).

When Success Leads to Failure
(The Atlantic Education)

The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.

The New Ph.D.s
(Inside Higher Ed)
American universities awarded a record number of doctorates in 2015 — although the rate of growth in the number of Ph.D. recipients continued a several-year decline. And the 55,006 recipients were more likely to be men and to be American citizens or permanent residents than they were the year before.

What Percentage of Psychology Degree Holders Are Employed?
(The Monitor)

In 2013, there were 2.5 million people in the labor force with psychology as their highest degree: 1.4 million had a bachelor’s, 456,000 had a master’s, 140,000 had a doctoral and 45,000 had a professional degree in psychology.

6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students
(Cult of Pedagogy)
It turns out studying can be taught. And two cognitive psychological scientists, Yana Weinstein and Megan Smith, have made it their mission to teach people how to study better. On their new website, The Learning Scientists, they use infographics and videos to share strategies and other insights about how we learn.

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down
(NPR Ed)

If you got 13 percent back on your investments every year, you’d be pretty happy, right? Remember, the S&P 500, historically, has averaged about 7 percent when adjusted for inflation. What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family?

Retrieval Practice Improves Learning, but Will it Help ALL of my Students?
(The Learning Scientists)

Research has a lot to offer when it comes to effective ways to learn. As we have discussed before on the blog, we cannot just rely on our own intuitions about what produces learning (see this blog post for more on this topic). Therefore, as a teacher and a researcher, I believe in evidence-based practices.

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.