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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."

September 13, 2011

Homework That Helps

In a New York Times op-ed piece titled The Trouble With Homework, Annie Murphy Paul writes people should not be concerned with the quantity of homework students are getting--a much-contended topic in education--but rather the quality of that work.

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

July 29, 2011

Survey: Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise

Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information. That's up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004.

May 16, 2011

New Research on Instructional Styles: Take Your Pick

The journal Science is publishing a study finding that, in an introductory college physics course, students placed in an experimental, collaborative-learning class performed significantly better on an end-of-course exam than students who were given a traditional lecture-based class.

April 27, 2011

New Ideas in Spec. Ed. Language Arts Instruction

The Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual conference here in D.C. this week. When I attended on Tuesday, a number of sessions were oriented around studies on tools and techniques for improving instruction for students with special needs. Some of the studies' outcomes seemed to car...

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