Insights

Seeking a Better Way to Evaluate Teachers
Higher Education Reform
August 11, 2016

Seeking a Better Way to Evaluate Teachers

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Redefining What It Means To Be An Adult
PIBBS
April 6, 2016

Redefining What It Means To Be An Adult

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A Key to Improving Math Skills: Reducing Anxiety
PIBBS
February 23, 2016

A Key to Improving Math Skills: Reducing Anxiety

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Hands-free Technology is Not Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving
PIBBS
January 21, 2016

Hands-free Technology is Not Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving

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Tackling Gender Stereotypes With the Power of Words

Tackling Gender Stereotypes With the Power of Words

Gendered language shapes how we think about the appropriate roles for men and women, especially when we are children and just beginning to form our understanding of the world. That might not sound like a problem, but it can reinforce stereotypes we are trying to tear down.

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Finding Right With Wrong: Improving STEM Performance in US Schools

Finding Right With Wrong: Improving STEM Performance in US Schools

Remember the admonition to ‘show your work’ in math class? Focusing on where you went wrong – instead of hurrying to what is right – may be a great way to actually learn something, so it’s a shame more teachers don’t do that.

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Improving STEM and Attracting Students through Cognitive Science

Improving STEM and Attracting Students through Cognitive Science

There’s a lot of handwringing over the STEM gap in US education, and new paper in the ‘Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ finds that how STEM is taught underlies some of the challenges. But cognitive science may offer some help

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A Deceptively Simple Strategy For Keeping Mentally Sharp In Late Life

A Deceptively Simple Strategy For Keeping Mentally Sharp In Late Life

Mankind has long been looking for a magic solution to staving off mental decline as we age. One solution examined in the new issue of the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ may be just in front of our reading glasses.

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How to Create Lasting Change 

How to Create Lasting Change 

How interventions are designed matter as much as what they do. In that vein, Harvard researchers Erin Frey and Todd Rogers have identified four pathways through which behavior change interventions can achieve long-term impact.

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Looking at Affirmative Action in a New Light

Looking at Affirmative Action in a New Light

Stereotype threat occurs when an individual is afraid of confirming a negative stereotype about a group to which he or she belongs and, in a cruel irony, performs worse because of it. Research shows the phenomenon is real and can sabotage affirmative action.

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Perceived Gaps in Equity Affect Decisions More Than Absolute Gaps

Perceived Gaps in Equity Affect Decisions More Than Absolute Gaps

The absolute difference between what someone else is getting compared to what you get matters less than how feel about any disparity, according to a review of ‘relative deprivation’ research in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.’

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Simple But Powerful Solutions to Education’s Thorniest Problems

Simple But Powerful Solutions to Education’s Thorniest Problems

Brief educational interventions that draw on social psychology can have a big impact on seemingly intractable inequities in the classroom because students’ thoughts and feelings about school affect their experiences of it.

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