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GUEST POST: New Book – The Fundamentals Of Teaching

GUEST POST: New Book – The Fundamentals Of Teaching

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Mike Bell taught science in a state secondary school and then ran the Evidence-Based Teachers Network (EBTN). He has run successful training courses on evidence-based methods in dozens of UK schools and Further Education colleges. [Bio taken from the book]. You can follow Mike on Twitter: @EvidenceTeach What is your teaching background?I was teaching science in…
Interleaving: A Classroom Experiment

Interleaving: A Classroom Experiment

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The learning phase took place over 9 weeks in the classroom. During this time, the students received their normal lessons and assignments. There were four different types of problems that were a part of the experiment, and the students’ assignments were constructed so that across the nine weeks they saw 12 different problems of each…
Digest #156: Learning (More) About Neurodiversity

Digest #156: Learning (More) About Neurodiversity

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By Megan SumerackiI have been learning a lot about neurodiversity and the way we think about divergence vs. disorders. I have appreciated learning about these areas so much, and have appreciated the opportunities to hear experts and those who have experience with neurodiversity (many different types of experiences!) discuss these issues. For example, our most…
Digest #155: The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Cognition

Digest #155: The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Cognition

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3) Stereotype threat: The consequences of being negatively stereotyped by Dr. Toni SchmaderThis is the lab website for Dr. Toni Schmader, which describes much of the research that has been supported by her lab at the University of British Columbia. The page discusses some of the nuances about stereotype threat that make an important addition…
Improving Students’ Self-Assessment Skills via Spaced Retrieval and Active Engagement in Dentistry

Improving Students’ Self-Assessment Skills via Spaced Retrieval and Active Engagement in Dentistry

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References:(1)   Cepeda, N. J., Pashler, H., Vul, E., Wixted, J. T., & Rohrer, D. (2006). Distributed practice in verbal recall tasks: A review and quantitative synthesis. Psychological bulletin, 132(3), 354.(2)   Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering,…
Understanding Research Papers: A Guide For Teachers

Understanding Research Papers: A Guide For Teachers

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The overall structure of a research paper will usually follow an hourglass shape. That means that a research paper will start broad by embedding the study into the overall context and state the general issue it addresses. As the Introduction progresses, the scope will become more and more specific. The Introduction ends on a very…
Catering to Learning Styles Isn’t Just Ineffective: It Can Harm Learning

Catering to Learning Styles Isn’t Just Ineffective: It Can Harm Learning

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And the latter is exactly what they found. When they looked at the results of Experiment 2, learning style no longer mattered. Strategy mattered. The way they students studied mattered. When their study strategy (verbalizing landmarks or visually drawing them) matched the way they were assessed (either on their verbal recognition of landmarks or their…
Retrieval Practice and Processing Load

Retrieval Practice and Processing Load

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The ExperimentsIn both Experiments 1 and 2, Hungarian undergraduate students learned randomly paired Hungarian-Swahili word pairs. Using word pairs allowed the researchers to present multiple discrete trials (40 pairs in total) and to be able to clearly determine students’ accuracy on each trial. This is particularly important with physiological data, like pupillometry. Randomly pairing the…
Unlearning Neuromyths

Unlearning Neuromyths

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References:(1) Macdonald, K., Germine, L., Anderson, A., Christodoulou, J., & McGrath, L. M. (2017). Dispelling the myth: raining in education or neuroscience decreases but does not eliminate beliefs in neuromyths. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1314.(2) Lithander, M. P., Geraci, L., Karaca, M., & Rydberg, J. (2021). Correcting neuromyths: A comparison of different types of refutations.…
Designing Effective Instructional Videos

Designing Effective Instructional Videos

This is one of several principles listed under “Principles for Managing Essential Processing”. The segmenting principle suggests breaking down a complex presentation into manageable segments whose pace can be controlled by the learner. Mayer describes research where students were able to click an arrow key to progress through segments of a multimedia presentation (6). However,…

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