Category Archives: Educational Research

Thoughts about the goals, methods, and results of educational research.

If flash cards are the answer, we’re asking the wrong question.

I’m in St. Louis. I’ve just finished a two-day conference at Washington University that brought together leading cognitive science/cognitive psychology researchers with education researchers and innovators from various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. As conferences go, it was … Continue reading

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MI-U “models” for physics 2

So after yesterday’s workshop on MI-U (Modeling Instruction, University level), I’m brainstorming possible “models” at the heart of a typical calc-based Physics II course, which I just happen to be teaching this fall. Here’s what comes to mind for models … Continue reading

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Stephanie’s latest podcast

Over on the PER User’s Guide, the always-dynamic Stephanie Chasteen has posted a new podcast in her series Learning About Teaching Physics. This one’s entitled Preparing Students to Learn from Lecture: Creating a “Time for Telling”. The idea of a … Continue reading

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reaction to Barak Rosenshine’s “Principles of Instruction”

The Spring 2012 issue of American Educator (available here until the next issue displaces it) led off with two articles that have caused some consternation among my local twitterverse. At first glance, the articles seem to make a frontal assault … Continue reading

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teachers matter

We already know this — that’s why we do what we do — but not everyone seems to get it: Teachers Matter (NYT) It’s not “the system” or “the curriculum” or “the standardized tests” that we should be paying attention … Continue reading

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