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No benefit to hands-on learning in college physics?

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Physics experiments are hands-on. The pedagogical goal of learning physics may not be served, but certain labs still have value.

Kids praised for being smart more likely to cheat

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As opposed to praising kids for "doing a good job," praising them for "being smart" can backfire and increase their tendency to cheat.

FAIL: Mythbusting about learning styles

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We look, once again, at teen learning styles & propose that, while they are neuromyths, they can help instruction.

Flaw emerges in the theory of learning styles

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No support for education "experts" who think tailoring instruction based on "Learning Styles" (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) actually works.

How to (p)raise successful kids

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Parents, coaches, and teachers can encourage kids to develop a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed one. This will help them keep learning throughout life.

It’s better not to be the ‘bottom dog’

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Middle school structure, like making it a K-8 school instead of a 6-8 school, might improve 6th graders chances of success, new research suggests.

Baltimore rapper tells teachers he’s not stupid

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How many different kinds of intelligence are there? An infinite number, actually. So why don't we teach based on those?

Teens learn better from rewards than punishments

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Risky adolescent behavior is well documented, but why does it happen and how can it be helped? Computational analysis has a few answers.

Mistakes are better teachers than perfection

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Maybe we learn more from our mistakes than we learn from getting things right from the beginning, new research suggests.

Which works better: Punishment or reward?

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A simple experiment devised at Washington U. suggests punishment, even small, is more likely than reward to influence behavior.