Master’s Careers, New Meta-analysis, Empathy, and more in this week’s Roundup

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Master’s careers in psychology. Is graduate school in your future?
(Psychology Student Network)
 For most careers, providing professional services using psychological knowledge requires a doctoral degree in psychology, and these careers are often called professional or health service psychology. However, psychology careers for individuals holding master’s degrees are available in multiple occupational settings and in fields across the discipline.

New Meta-analysis of 217 Retrieval Practice Studies
(The Learning Scientists)
I have to hand it to Google Scholar – sometimes, their algorithms are spot on. This week, I was alerted to a brand new meta-analysis on retrieval practice just published on February 1st. This meta-analysis is by far the most comprehensive on this topic to date.

Thanks to APPIC, searching for a health service psychology postdoc just got a lot easier
(Monitor on Psychology)
Postdoc opportunities abound, if you know where to look.

See How States Plan to Approach Equity
(Education Week – Politics K-12 Blog)
The nation’s public schools now serve more students who are considered “minorities” than white students, and the majority of public school kids qualify for free and reduced lunch. At the same time, states and school districts are poised to get far more control over accountability, testing, school turnarounds, and more, thanks in large part to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Researchers studied kindergarteners’ behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings.
Every parent wants to see their kid get good grades in school. But now we know social success is just as important.

Weaving an international view into psychology education
(Monitor on Psychology)
APA’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0 call for students to adopt values that will help them build community at the local, national and global levels. But how do you infuse an international perspective into education? Here’s advice on ways to gain a more global viewpoint, whether you’re a professor or a student.

What is bipolar disorder?
(TED Education)
Check out this newly added mental health explainer video for bipolar disorder.

Math learned best when children move
(Science Daily)
Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies, concludes a new study. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies.

Surging Demand for Mental Health Care Jams College Services
(Scientific American)
Colleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in demand for mental health care — leaving students stuck on waiting lists for weeks, unable to get help.

Naps may help preschoolers learn, study finds
(Science Daily)
Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds, finding that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later.

20 Great STEAM Websites for Young Learners
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
Over the last few days we spent sometime going through the piles of tools saved in our archive and managed to select the ones that fit perfectly for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering ,Art, and Math) programs. Under each category we featured four representative tools that will help students cultivate the skills involved in that category.

What’s a Gamer Brain and How Can We Harness It in Class?
Leverage your students’ favorite video and board games to unlock what engages them…Here are four takeaways from games that we can instill in our classrooms.

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons
(KQED News – Mind Shift)
Children have opportunities to learn empathy from their parents, but also from their teachers and peers. Reading good literature can be a powerful way to develop empathy, as is studying history or being present with a friend on the playground who is having a hard time.

Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know
Where we feel happiness in the body, how it affects our genetic code, why it changes with age, unexpected pleasures and much more…

What Science Says about How to Get Preschool Right
(Scientific American – Subscription Required)
The push for rigorous prekindergarten education has overlooked the evidence on how young kids really learn best.


About the Author

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.