Educators attempt to integrate the findings of developmental psychology and behavioral science into successful curricula, but every generation grapples with questions such as how much to tailor information to individual students and, increasingly, how to integrate technology into classrooms. Some relevant factors for students, parents, and teachers to consider in evaluating these questions may include students’ age, culture, individual strengths and weaknesses, and personal background, as well as any learning disabilities they may have. Despite advancements over the decades, formal educational institutions still attract their share of critics, especially when they are pressured into “teaching to the test,” instead of making sure that students genuinely learn and retain their new knowledge. Can psychology lead the way to true reform and a better learning environment for every student?
Insights on Education
From Kindergarten to College
Both parents and educators play pivotal roles in a child’s education across the entire pedagogical trajectory. However, the world is changing rapidly, and so are children’s educational needs. There is a push to create more individual programs for learning in some academic arenas, creating a number of challenges for educational institutions. What is the optimal time to start school to make sure students can learn effectively? How many and what kind of breaks do students need during the day? What are the best ways for students to learn, and do they differ depending on the subject being taught?