The problem with the ‘gap in the literature’

In this cross-post Pat Thomson explores how an approach based around filling a gap in the research or literature can be problematic and how approaches based on different wording can align research more clearly to the contexts in which it matters. Gap talk. You know, the “this research fills a gap in the literature” line. Most…

The problem with the ‘gap in the literature’ — Impact of Social Sciences

Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” Podcast and the College Rankings Racket

BY TALIA SCHAFFER Several years ago, I witnessed Malcolm Gladwell fearlessly tell a Cambridge audience that nobody should give a cent to Harvard. Whenever I read someone criticizing Gladwell’s tendency to cherry-pick data, I remember that moment. Two of Gladwell’s recent “Revisionist History” podcast episodes (season 6, episodes 2 and 3) do reveal his characteristic…

Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” Podcast and the College Rankings Racket — ACADEME BLOG

Learning Objectives: GOAL!?!

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Learners get the best results when they have to answer questions first. Johan Cruijff famously said: “If you don’t shoot, you can’t score.” Well, we’ve all seen the evidence for that in the recent European Championship 2021 and, to stay with this theme, we discuss various studies about ‘scoring’ […]

Learning Objectives: GOAL!?! — 3-Star learning experiences

Cognitive Load, emotion and buoyancy

In his 2019 review of twenty years of Cognitive Load Theory, John Sweller explores several avenues of further investigation. One such avenue relates to emotions, stress and uncertainty and how these factors influence cognitive load. Within the education community aspects of cognition in learning are often starkly separated from seemingly non-cognitive factors. Curiously, the former […]

Cognitive Load, emotion and buoyancy — The Emotional Learner

Anti-racism and the comma splice

Should composition instructors teach Standard Written English to students of color? Apparently, there is a faction within the field of Rhetorical Studies that holds we should not. Standard Written English is a white language, the thinking seems to go (I have this secondhand) and should not be imposed upon POCs. People of color have their […]

Anti-racism and the comma splice — Catherine & Katharine

The Math Wars Continue, Dept.

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I always get a kick (as well as a wave of nausea) when I hear someone disparage arguments about how math should be taught as “math wars stuff”. Such criticism implies that the math wars were just trivial spats that signified nothing. In a communication I once had with Jay Mathews–who for many years has spewed his arrogant views of education in a column he writes for the Washington Post–he said that the math wars were two groups of smart people calling each other names.

I won’t comment on the word “smart” here, other than to say it’s overused to the extent that it means nothing, and has become a code word for edu-pundits who compliment each other by saying so and so “wrote a smart and thoughtful post” about whatever.

Well, I had the opportunity to write a “smart and thoughtful post” on math education, courtesy of Rick Hess…

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AERDF: Waltons Join Bill Gates and CZI for Latest-Greatest K12 Ed Fix

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Nothing like a few billionaires combining forces to toss cash at a few pitre-dished school districts for a *latest, greatest idea* for K12 education. This latest-greatest was first announced in 2018 as a Gates-CZI (Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative) idea. In this June 2020 archive, Gates reported that “ask[ing] nearly 1,000 educators what they need to be successful” resulted in the EF+Math Program. From the EF+Math home page:

All Students Are Poweful Learners

Our mission is to challenge the way people think about how students learn. Students from all backgrounds are equally capable of success in math. The EF+Math Program is a new initiative to fund bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3-8. We focus on students who have been traditionally underserved. They deserve access to the best resources and tools to help them reach their full potential. We focus on…

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US community colleges see ‘chilling’ decline in enrollment during pandemic

Experts worried about long-term impact on low-income and non-white Americans, populations community colleges tend to serveDavid Ramirez, a student at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, struggled with balancing work and classes during the pandemic. Ramirez, who works at Starbucks, worked at least 30 hours a week in addition to his classes.He wasn’t alone. The…

US community colleges see ‘chilling’ decline in enrollment during pandemic — Education | The Guardian

Digest #154: Memorizing vs Understanding — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

by Althea Need KaminskeIs there a difference between memorizing material and understanding material? And if so, shouldn’t educators focus on the presumably better, more wholistic of the two, understanding rather than rote memorization? The answers to these, as always, is somewhat complicated. I sat down to write a blog post analyzing the differences between what…

Digest #154: Memorizing vs Understanding — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists