Why mythbusting fails: A guide to influencing education with science
(Deans for Impact)
“If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong,” physicist Richard Feynman said. “In that simple statement is the key to science.” By this measure, the learning-styles hypothesis has failed too many times to count.
A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education
As much as code and computation and data can feel as if they are mechanistically neutral, they are not. Technology products and services are built by humans who build their biases and flawed thinking right into those products and services—which in turn shapes human behavior and society, sometimes to a frightening degree.
Weekly Digest #65: The Case Against Inquiry-Based Learning
(The Learning Scientists)
In a March blog post, Megan walked through the evidence against pure discovery learning, noting that direct instruction is needed for novices in particular and that, once a baseline of knowledge is established, inquiry-based approaches can be more fruitful. We also talked about active learning in a digest, which is on the continuum of inquiry-learning, but perhaps not as extreme as pure discovery. Today’s digest revisits the idea of inquiry methods.
The Future of Children: Social and Emotional Learning
(The Wallace Foundation)
Special issue of The Future of Children finds building SEL skills is essential for children and adults need professional development to help guide them.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?
It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell.
Guest Post: How to Shift a School Towards Better Homework
Do we do homework well? How can research help us do it better?
Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?
Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember. Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they review the current research into the neurobiology of forgetting and hypothesize that our brains purposefully work to forget information in order to help us live our lives.
How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent
A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers.
How helpful is Hattie & Donoghue’s model of learning? Part 2: The meta analyses
In this post I want to explore what his [Hattie] meta analyses reveal about the best approaches to take with students at different stages in the journey from novice to expert.
Misinterpreting the Growth Mindset: Why We’re Doing Students a Disservice
(Education Week – subscription required; free trial)
Guest blog is written by John Hattie.
On the Definition of Learning….
(Daniel Willingham–Science & Education)
There was a brief, lively thread on Twitter over the weekend concerning the definition of learning. To tip my hand here at the outset, I think this debate—on Twitter and elsewhere–is a good example of the injunction that scientists ought not to worry overmuch about definitions.
Child Care Centers Often Don’t Hire The Most Qualified Teachers, Study Shows
(NPR – Hidden Brain Podcast)
Child care centers don’t necessarily hire the most qualified teachers. A new study shows that child care centers pick applicants who are in the middle of the pack.
Bullying and bias can cost schools millions in lost funding
When children avoid school to avoid bullying, many states can lose tens of millions of dollars in lost funding, and California alone loses an estimated $276 million each year because children feel unsafe. New research highlights the hidden cost to communities in states that use daily attendance numbers to calculate public school funding.
Is There Anything Grit Can’t Do?
(The Wall Street Journal)
Angela Lee Duckworth, the psychologist who champions ‘passion and perseverance,’ explains the power of ‘noncognitive skills.’
“Grit” Is Trendy, but Can It Be Taught?
(AFT – Ask a Cognitive Scientist)
So is grit a fad or a potentially powerful aid to teaching your students? Predictably, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Mental Health Problems Rising Among College Students
College counselors are seeing a record number of students like Ebeling, who are dealing with a variety of mental health problems, from depression and anxiety, to more serious psychiatric disorders
Retrieval Practice in the High School Classroom
(The Effortful Educator)
One of the largest gaps in my students’ learning that I encounter regularly is a lack of study/learning skills
Using Research to Prevent Bullying
Bullying — both face-to-face and online — is a problem for many youths. Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, has conducted bullying, harassment and violence research for more than 20 years. She will describe the problem, including gender-based bullying, such as sexual harassment and homophobic name calling. What prevention strategies can be used in schools? How can schools address their social climate to reduce the problem? What can bystanders do when they see someone being bullied?
What No One Told Me about Graduate School
There are things no one will tell you about your first year of graduate school, and the Internet is full of postgraduate “advice” from former and current grad students warning people to stay out of graduate school. Some advice: If someone tells you what they wish they would have done or known before entering a graduate program, listen. There are a lot of problems you’re going to have to face in this adjustment period. Having watched others and gone through the process myself, I’m here to offer you my own two sense and help make the transition smoother.
The Harry Potter Personality Test
A new study found that people who identify as Slytherins may be measurably different from the Hufflepuffs of the world.
Starting School Early May Impair Child’s Mental Health
New research now suggests that the youngest pupils in each school year group could be at risk of worse mental health than their older classmates.
9 Ways Parents Can Help Bullied Kids Learn Resilience
(The Washington Post)
Bullying strips kids of their dignity and leaves scars. Some children bounce back, while others struggle to rebound. There is no one-size-fits-all intervention, but here are nine ways parents can build a child’s resilience.