How many people believe learning styles theories are right? And why?
(Daniel Willingham–Science & Education Blog)
But with the exception of one recent study showing that academics often invoke learning styles theories in in professional journal articles (Newton, 2015) there haven’t been empirical data on how widespread this belief is in the US. Now there are.
Technology Bans and Student Experience in the College Classroom
(E-xcellence in Teaching Blog – APA Div 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology )
Personal technologies, including laptops and cell phones, have infiltrated the college classroom. Instructors must now decide whether to implement a ban on the unsupervised use of personal technologies in their courses. Anecdotal evidence (“students always seem to be looking at their computer screens and not me during class”), and results from recent studies linking the unsupervised use of technology with reductions in academic performance, have led to declarations that the time to ban technology use in the classroom is now (Rosenblum, 2017).
Houston Students Are Heading Back — What They Find Could Change Schools Nationwide
Trauma-informed education and wraparound services are growing in response to the storm as Houston-area schools look to the future. The changes could serve as a model for schools nationwide.
Episode 1 – Welcome to the Learning Scientists Podcast!
Welcome to the Learning Scientists Podcast – a podcast for teachers, students, and parents about evidence-based practice and learning.
Episode 2 – Retrieval Practice
Over the past few decades, cognitive psychologists have found evidence for the following 6 strategies for effective learning: Spaced Practice, Retrieval Practice, Elaboration, Interleaving, Concrete Examples and Dual Coding. Today we’re introducing retrieval practice – in other words, bringing information to mind.
The Myths That Persist About How We Learn
Do you consider yourself a visual learner? When you see something, do you commit it to memory? Or do you perhaps learn faster by hearing new information? The idea of “learning styles” has been around since the 1950s, and the theory is still widely believed by educators and the public, according to a recent study in Frontiers in Psychology. But there’s not much evidence that indicates the theory is true.
Most teachers believe that kids have different ‘learning styles.’ Here’s why they are wrong.
Surely you’ve heard that kids have different “learning styles.” Some supposedly learn better visually, others through listening. Some kids are cooperative while others are competitive. Well, there is no consensus on what “learning styles” actually are, and some experts say they don’t, in fact, exist.
Resilience: It’s Not About Grit, It’s About Relationships
Resilience is the key to overcoming adverse childhood experiences. Often, public programs and policies demand an element of individual motivation and grit in order to overcome adverse experiences, which sends the message that disadvantaged kids are to blame if they don’t. As a motivational anecdote, the concept of grit can be encouraging; however, early childhood development research suggests that overcoming adverse experiences requires relationships, not grit.
Social-Emotional Skills Should Be an Integral Part of Every Lesson We Teach
As social and emotional learning has come to the forefront in education, what teachers worry about is another initiative piled on our already crowded desks. Rarely is anything taken off, so teachers tend to view any new initiative with caution.
How reading and writing with your child boost more than just literacy
Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a new article
High achievers in competitive courses more likely to cheat on college exams
A new study finds that students who are known as “high achievers” and take highly competitive courses are the most likely to cheat on their exams.
How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character
Not only did the children shrug when the rewards disappeared, Valleroy said, they also welcomed the character-infused approach to learning.