Insights on Education

From language acquisition to problem solving to social skills, questions of how we learn are central to understanding human development. Formal education has its share of critics—can psychology lead the way to true reform?

Recent posts on Education

13 Things You Never Knew about College Admissions

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Living Single
“Who Gets In” offers evidence-based answers to some of the thorniest questions about fairness in college admissions.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

4 Steps to Build Self-Discipline and Willpower in Students

By Tim Elmore on April 27, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
There's nothing more common than finding students who are loaded with potential, yet end up severely under-performing. So how do we cultivate willpower and self-discipline in them?

How Education Research Can Track Intrapersonal Changes

By APA Division 15 on April 25, 2017 in PsychEd
Education research should focus on situations and processes, not just on differences between groups of people. Intrapersonal research advocates personalized approaches to learning.

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong

By Joel Minden, PhD on April 24, 2017 in CBT and Me
Overwhelmed by the last few weeks before finals? Some simple changes can have a big impact.

On Writing Systems

How different is it for children learning to read in a language that is not English? It may depend on the characteristics of the writing system that the language is written in.

How Smart Is My Child?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on April 24, 2017 in Self-Reg
When we measure a child’s “intelligence,” the score we arrive at is a product of the interaction between thinking processes and limbic brakes.
C.M. Coolidge, A Friend in Need / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Are You a Good Critical Thinker?

A proposal about what it is to be a good critical thinker. And a totally unscientific quiz to test your critical thinking skills.

What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Our compulsory school system was designed, long ago, for very specific purposes. Those purposes may now be outdated. What should be the purposes of a system of schooling today?

Norma

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about the ethics of stealing from the powerful.

Are Academic Articles Getting Harder to Read?

Find reading academic articles painful? You're not alone.

Learning How to Tease and Be Teased

By Nick Luxmoore on April 22, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Young people spend hours teasing each other and being teased. Why? Why do they do it? And how do they learn when to stop?

What Is the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying?

Gratuitous references to bullying will create a “boy who cried wolf” phenomenon in which adults no longer act with urgency to protect the children who need them most.

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

Consciously Consuming Media and Narratives

By Barnet Bain on April 20, 2017 in Doing and Being
Are messages and media wearing you down? Here are some ways to approach it.

The Science of Religion for Everyone

Why insist that religion is immune from scientific study when cognitive and evolutionary theories have already made great strides in explaining a wide array of religious phenomena?

Renewing War-Torn Communities Through Forgiveness Education

Might forgiveness education be the missing piece to the peace puzzle?

Interdisciplinary Education and the Student Voice

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Interdisciplinary education and practice implies certain qualities. Students highlight the importance of four qualities: openness, creativity, bridging, and perspective-taking.

Beyond Recess: Synchronized Play Improves Kids' Cooperation

We all know the elated feeling of swinging side-by-side with someone in synchrony. Now, researchers have identified unexpected benefits of synchronized movement during childhood.

What Test-Takers Share With Ejected Airline Passengers

By Alfie Kohn on April 18, 2017 in The Homework Myth
The reason United can oversell its seats (and drag people off its planes) is related to why student exams are standardized: The focus isn't on excellence but on winning

Furthering the Discussion on FAT: Fear Not

Ingesting fat is feared because of links to weight gain by people with eating disorders and those who don’t have an eating disorder. Addressing confusion and misrepresentation.

The Tyranny of Musts and Shoulds

Irrational beliefs that can disrupt a marriage.

The Future of This Nation Depends on Teachers

The future of this nation is largely in the hands of teachers at all levels. Interested in making a positive difference? Then support education as if the future depends on it.

Rabble Rouser Goes Twitter

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific psychology, social psychology, scientific dysfunction, the psychology of scientific integrity, science reform, in a nutshell, on a daily basis.

Learning to Speak Up When You're From a Culture of Deference

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Adaptation
Many people come from highly deferential cultures where it's very hard to speak up.
Lori Russell-Chapin

Does Neurocounseling Education Impact Age Differently?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that neurocounseling and bridging brain and behavior can help us live more effectively and be helpful for any age group?
National Center for Education Statistics/U.S. Department of Education. Retrieve from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cnb.asp

Why Do Students of Color Feel Like an Imposter in School?

Do students of color have perceptions of intelligence? Some thoughts on feeling like an imposter

Learning to Love the Mat

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
You can expect to end up on the mat repeatedly. But the less you worry about being thrown to the mat, the less likely you are to end up there.

Memories From a One-Room Country School

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to a school with all eight grades under one roof with no electricity or phone and where everyone drank from same dipper?

Will Success Make You Happy?

By Rob Henderson on April 10, 2017 in After Service
Are successful people always stressed? Not the happy ones.