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June 06, 2012

Weird Neuroscience: How Can It Be Curbed?

Concerned that the teaching profession is rife with misconceptions about the connections between brain research and learning, a number of scientists and academics are advocating increased formal training for K-12 educators in neuroscience, according to an Education Week story. Some of the ideas ment...

June 01, 2012

What Works in PD? Even Experts, Feds Aren't Sure

With more pressure than ever on teachers to demonstrate their effectiveness, professional development has become big business. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education gives districts more than $1 billion annually for teacher-training programs (and that's not including Race to the Top and School Im...

May 10, 2012

Study: Teachers Judge Work by Minority Students Less Critically

A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology finds that teachers may be less inclined to respond critically to work by minority students, thus creating a "positive feedback bias" that may contribute to racial achievement gaps. The study, covered in The Atlantic and The Huffington...

April 06, 2012

New Research Points to Problems for Math Teachers

A new survey of middle school students published by Raytheon finds that there is a dramatic increase in the number of students who "hate" math (from one in 10 to one in five) between the 6th and 8th grades. The survey also reveals that 61 percent of middle schoolers would rather take out the trash t...

April 05, 2012

Should Students Wear Lab Coats to Class?

The New York Times reports on a study finding that when people put on a white doctor's coat, their ability to pay attention increases sharply. Scientists conducting the study, which was published on the website of The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, were looking into what they call enclo...

March 29, 2012

Questioning Learning-Styles Theory

Michael Cholbi, a contributor to an interesting teaching philosophy blog called In Socrates' Wake, reviews recent research discounting the influential theory that students have distinct learning styles that teachers should try to cater to (which is not to say, he cautions, that students don't have i...

March 14, 2012

Do Students Still Need Encyclopedias?

This seems worthy of note: Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that it will no longer publish its signature product in print, according to CNNMoney. While the news might spark a pang of nostalgia for some (you know who you are), no one seems terribly surprised: Apparently print sales currently amo...

March 09, 2012

Survey: Students Perceive Teachers as Uncaring

A report released this week, based on survey results from 57,883 students in grades 6-12, found that only slightly over half of students feel that their teachers care about them.

December 13, 2011

Gum-Chewing to the Test

A new study reports that college students who chewed gum prior to taking a test exhibited improved memory function and performed better than their non-gum-chewing counterparts. The theory behind this, according to one of the study's authors, is that the chewing motion improves blood flow to the brai...

November 16, 2011

Study: Readers Use 'Visual Dictionaries'

A new study finds that skilled readers do not rely on sounds at all when reading but rather retrieve words purely from a "visual dictionary."

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