Finding your dream psychology career…and more in this week’s new roundup!

Finding your dream psychology career
(Monitor on Psychology)
Many psychologists find their passions are not stirred by providing direct therapy, conducting research or teaching. They are more interested in applying their expertise on human behavior in new and atypical ways—but aren’t always sure what those career paths look like.

Study: Teaching and Research Not Tied
(Inside Higher Ed)

Two Northwestern University researchers found that skilled scholars do not come at the expense of quality instructors, or vice versa.

4 Strategies for Success for the Low-Income Grad Student
(Grad Psych Blog)

If you come from a less privileged background, graduate school can present unique social and cultural challenges. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for low-income grad students after financial worry is belonging. Students of lower socioeconomic backgrounds report lower feelings of belonging during graduate school and beyond.

Research careers with a bachelor’s degree in psychology
(Psychology Student Network)

The author describes some different research careers that someone with a bachelor’s degree in psychology could pursue and, most importantly given the difficulty some college graduates encounter finding jobs, what they need to do to prepare for each career.

Effective Teaching: Sensory Learning Styles versus General Memory Processes
(Comprehensive Psychology)

Tailoring teaching strategies to accommodate students’ sensory learning styles (e.g., visual, auditory, kinesthetic) is widely recommended across all levels of education from kindergarten to university. However, research stretching across five decades suggests that such tailoring does not enhance students’ learning.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Will Lead Federal Task Force on Higher-Ed Policy
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Jerry L. Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has been asked by President Trump to head up a new task force that will identify changes that should be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s policies and procedures, Mr. Falwell told The Chronicle on Tuesday.

Report on Professors’ Role in Student Success
(Inside Higher Ed)

Student success depends, in large part, on the effectiveness of the faculty members instructing them, a report from the American Council on Education states.

Could Trump Cut Berkeley’s Funds?
(Inside Higher Ed)
Experts say current law doesn’t permit punishing a university over handling of a speaker — and that the president’s tweet distorted what took place.

John King, Obama’s education secretary, to head advocacy group for disadvantaged students
(Washington Post)
John B. King Jr., who served as education secretary during the last year of Obama’s presidency, will head the Education Trust, which advocates for high academic achievement for all children, especially children of color and those from low-income families.

Tenn. Governor Seeks Free Community College For All Adults
Recent high school graduates in Tennessee are already allowed to attend community college at no cost. Now Gov. Bill Haslam is looking to expand the year-old program to provide free community college educations to adults, as well.

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess
What’s the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Practice makes perfect, and ‘overlearning’ locks it in
(Science Daily)
People who continued to train on a visual task for 20 minutes past the point of mastery locked in that learning, shielding it from interference by new learning, a new study shows.

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter
When it seems as though politicians and others can’t agree on basic facts, it’s more important than ever to encourage our students to seek truth.

A reflection on race, social justice, and education reform
My biggest takeaway from five years of teaching fifth grade in a South Bronx public school was this: much of what I had been taught about why my students struggled with reading comprehension and literacy was simply incorrect, and almost certainly doomed to fail.

Most People Consider Themselves to Be Morally Superior
(Scientific American)
A “self-enhancement” effect that can have negative consequences for all of us.


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.