June 2009 Archives

The N-Effect: More Competitors = Less Motivation

A study published in Psychological Science suggests that increasing numbers of competitors can depress an individual's motivation to compete.

Study Finds Chicago Teachers on the Move

A report posted this morning by the Consortium on Chicago School Research suggests that more than half of Chicago's teachers switch schools or leave the profession after four years on the job.

Researchers Spot Exotic New School Species in California

A study finds that a new breed of high schools—the independent-study high school—is popping up across the Golden State.

IES Seeks Strategies to Rescue 'Chronically' Failing Schools

The Institute of Education Sciences, in a request for proposals posted yesterday, is calling on researchers to develop promising strategies to address the problems of "chronically low-performing schools."

Princeton Study Takes Aim at 'Value-Added' Measure

A soon-to-be published paper by a Princeton University economist suggests that "value-added" calculations for determining which teachers are effective could be based on shaky assumptions.

Australia's Top Educator Shares a Familar Education Agenda

Julia Gillard, Australia's deputy prime minister, visited Washington last week to talk up her government's ambitious plans for improving education.

Michigan State to Train Ed Researchers in Economics

Michigan State University has received a $5 million federal grant to create a doctoral program to teach budding researchers to apply economic techniques to education policy questions.

Articles Probes Ed. School Dean's Legal Troubles

The former dean of the education school at the University of Louisville is facing federal charges in connection with a grant.

Dads and Schools: Not Strangers Anymore

A survey out this morning picks up some double-digit increases over the last 10 years in the percentages of fathers who participate in their children's education.

School is No Place for Heroes, Says One Scholar

A leadership expert from across the pond says a "lingering culture of heroism" is pressuring school leaders to live up to unrealistic demands.

Harvard Ed School Joins the 'Open Access' Movement

The faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has voted to allow the university to make its scholarly articles openly available online.

Teaching the Teachers: Reviewing Professional Development Research

The Council of Chief State School Officers sifts through more than 400 studies on professional development to identify some common ingredients for success.

A Study Builds the Case for Classroom Cellphone Bans

Students really do learn less when a cellphone rings in the middle of class, according to a forthcoming study by researchers from the University of Washington in St. Louis.

'Rigor' : Still a Watchword in the Obama Administration

In a blog post, OMB director Peter R. Orszag describes his "two-tier" approach to promoting the use of rigorous scientific evaluations in government decision-making.

Study: Time Changes How Teachers See Students—Literally

Using new technology to study what teachers see in their classrooms, a University of Michigan professor is finding that novice and experienced teachers look at their students in very different ways.

The More You Test, the More You Learn

At the Institute of Education Sciences' annual meeting, a study tries to puzzle out the most effective quizzing schedule for middle school students.

Hints Dropped on Direction for U.S. Education Research

John Q. Easton broadly sketches some plans for the Ed Department's main research agency and Arne Duncan dishes on longitudinal data systems.

Duncan and Easton Slated to Appear at IES Research Conference

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John Q. Easton, the Education Department's new research chief, are on the agenda this morning at the Institute of Education Sciences' annual research conference.

Performance Pay for All?

In a new book, Eric A. Hanushek and Alfred A. Lindseth outline their ideas for school finance systems that are entirely performance-based.

Carnegie Unveils Plans for 'Problem-Based' Research Networks

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching unveils the first of several projects to reflect its new approach to research and development.

Are Too Many Colleges a Black Hole?

A new report on colleges and universities finds that students' chances of graduating within six years can vary dramatically from school to school.

Study Finds Too Much TV Equals Too Little Talk

An innovative study finds that playing a television in the home dramatically reduces the amount of words that young children hear and try to speak.

What Does It Mean to Be Experienced at Teaching?

A new analysis of New York City teachers points out that even experienced teachers can be novices the first time they teach a new subject or a new grade level.

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