Why Adolescence Lasts Forever, salaries in psychology and more in this week’s news roundup

Why Adolescence Lasts Forever
(The Atlantic)

A new book explores the dynamics of popularity, and the ways our high-school selves stay with us far beyond the teenage years.

2015 Salaries in Psychology
(APA Center for Workforce Studies)
This report uses data from the National Science Foundation’s 2015 National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG) to analyze salaries for psychologists in the United States.

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit, new report says
For classroom teachers, professional training can be a mixed bag that too often leaves teachers uninspired with no improvement in student learning, according to a new report by the Learning Policy Institute.

Preschoolers Happier When They Share Because They Want To
(Live Science)
Sure, you can make your kids share their stuff. But for preschoolers, sharing because they have to doesn’t bring the same happiness boost that comes with sharing because they want to, a new study suggests.

Choosing an External Reviewer
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Conducting an APR is an excellent way to introduce quality control to your department and to gain a fresh perspective through the eyes of a qualified outsider. If the external reviewers have done their job well, the review document will serve as your department’s marching orders until the time rolls around for the next one.

Feeding Young Minds, the Importance of School Lunches
(New York Times)
Harding Senior High, a public school in St. Paul, Minn., has long been known as a 90-90-90 school: 90 percent of students are minorities, nearly 90 percent come from poor or struggling families and, until recently, 90 percent graduate (now about 80 percent) to go on to college or a career. Impressive statistics, to be sure. But perhaps most amazing about this school is that it recognizes and acts on the critical contribution that adequate food and good nutrition make to academic success.

Family Support Reduces College Students’ Loneliness, Risk of Suicide
New research finds that family support matters, even for college kids

Taking On the Ph.D Later in Life
(New York Times)
While the overall age of Ph.D. candidates has dropped in the last decade, about 14 percent of all doctoral recipients are over age 40, according to the National Science Foundation.

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback
(Cult of Pedagogy)
Since I’m not usually one to give up, I set out to find a way to get my students to actually read their feedback and care less about the grade.

The Second Time I Learned to Read
An appreciation of teachers who push students in challenging directions.

Principles of Good Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism
(APA Style)
Committing plagiarism can have devastating effects on your education or career. Perhaps most distressing is that it is so easily avoided.

Students perform better at schools offering extra services on campus, study finds
Schools that offer dental care, mental health counseling, food assistance and other services have a significant and measurable positive impact on student achievement, according to research released this week by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center.

The Student Who Pushed Me to Anger—and Understanding
(The Atlantic)
In the second installment of our audio series, the high-school English teacher Ray Salazar describes his embarrassment after losing his temper in the classroom with Salina Richter.

3 observations on Trump’s education budget
(Brookings Institute)
President Donald Trump’s proposed education budget is an agglomeration of bold and at times contradictory policy positions, some of which have would-be Republican allies shaking their heads. As many have noted, several of the proposed cuts are unpopular on both sides of the aisle, suggesting that the final budget may deviate substantially from this proposal.

Relationships Matter: How States Can Include Teacher-Child Interactions in ECE and ESSA Plans
(New America)
ESSA provides an opportunity to consider data on teacher-child interactions

How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students
(KQED – Mindshift)
Research shows that social and emotional skills, including kindness, can be taught and learned, and that children benefit from the lessons. According to a 2011 review of 213 programs designed to teach social and emotional skills in school to children of all ages, kids who took part in the initiatives improved their outlook and behavior toward others. They also had better academic performance and showed improved social-emotional awareness.

Liberty University president won’t be leading task force on higher ed regulation after all
(Inside Higher Ed)

Liberty University president, a major Trump ally, won’t be leading review of regulation, although he says he will be part of another administration group with other college presidents.

Working It Out: Building Fitness Into Graduate School Life
(Inside Higher Ed)
Prioritizing fitness during grad school.

Improving adolescents’ social and emotional lives must go beyond teaching them skills
(Science Daily)
School programs designed to educate children and adolescents on how to understand and manage emotions, relationships and academic goals must go beyond improving the skills of the individuals to create a respectful climate and allow adolescents more autonomy in decision making, according to psychology research.

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Wieman’s message, as we’ve reported here and here, is bold: Too many undergraduate programs fail to focus on teaching effectiveness or even bother to try to measure it. As he sees it, undergraduate Higher Ed still worships at the old false idol called the Big Lecture and doesn’t seem to want to ask whether it’s working.

Adaptive practice, personalized learning, and what will “obviously” work in education.
(Daniel Willingham–Science & Education)

We cannot remind ourselves often enough that the predictions for education drawn from the learning sciences that obviously, 100%, HAVE to work…often don’t.

How Teachers’ Stress Affects Students: A Research Roundup
(Education Week – 2 week free trial subscription)
New research is helping to clarify how teachers become chronically stressed, and how it can affect their students’ well-being and achievement.

These Nine Cognitive Psychology Findings all passed a Stringent Test of Their Replicability
(The British Psychological Society Research Digest)

The failure to reproduce established psychology findings on renewed testing, including some famous effects, has been well-publicised and has led to talk of a crisis in the field. However, psychology is a vast topic and there’s a possibility that the findings from some sub-disciplines may be more robust than others, in the sense of replicating reliably, even in unfavourable circumstances, such as when the participants have been tested on the same effect before.

GUEST POST: Guidelines for designing educational videos
(Learning Scientists)

In recent years, open online education has become very popular.  With a reliable Internet connection comes free access to a large variety of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) found on platforms such as Coursera and edX. Millions of people from all over the world are enrolling in free courses from top universities around the world.

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students
(New York Times)

To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she provoked him back.

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.
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.
Nick Bornstein
Nick is an education and communications intern with the APA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick is a current undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree and a minor in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Nick's interests include travel, studying German, history, politics, and economics.