The Serious Limitation of Rote Memorisation You Probably Don’t Know About (And It’s Undermining Learning)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Repetition is one of most commonly used study strategies, and if you’ve ever reread a text or used flashcards to commit something to memory, you’ve practised this method of learning.  Recently, however, researchers from UC Irvine have discovered that although repetition can be an effective learning technique; it also has…

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Learning a Second Language Has Some Surprising Benefits

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  Aside from increasing your employability and making foreign travel easier; new research shows that learning another language can have a lasting effect on how your brain functions, and this is a good thing. According to research carried out by Pennsylvania State and York University professors, people who speak more…

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Why You Should Choose To Learn the Hard Way

Saturday, July 19, 2014

“You don’t want to have to learn the hard way,” is probably one snippet of advice that you’ve heard all too often from well-meaning parents, friends, aunts or co-workers. But while this may certainly be sound advice in some cases, research suggests that “the hard way” can at times be a…

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Here’s How Successful Educators Can Balance Creativity and Compliance

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ever get the feeling you’re working for a corporation instead of a school? Well, you’re not alone. According to researchers, Australian higher education is suffering from a “corporate management paradigm” that prevents teachers from balancing creativity and compliance and fulfilling their roles as educational leaders. Dr. Fay Patel, Director of…

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Educators Are Ditching Traditional Conferences for Blogs and Twitter

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Self-directed has become quite the buzzword in education lately, and there’s no doubt that technology has played a major role in its prominence. Where educators once had to rely on meetings, workshops and conferences that were held a couple of times a year at best, they now have a host…

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Studies Discover How Computers And The Web Are Changing The Way We Learn and Remember

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Computers have transformed our daily lives so much that it’s hard for most people who have grown up in this digital age to imagine a time without technology. When it comes to learning especially, there have been many changes, most of which are certainly for the better; from the Internet…

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Study Finds Way To Close Achievement Gap in 12 Minutes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

We’ve covered the achievement gap several times in InformED. Low income students tend to be at risk of falling behind due to the absence of stability and lack of support at home. Numerous interventions have attempted to address this issue, with varying results, but recently a study uncovered one of…

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This School Lets Its Students Sleep In, and You Won’t Believe the Result

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Hampton Court House school in England is starting lessons for Sixth Formers at 1.30pm instead of the conventional time of 9 am. The reason? Recent and persuasive research has further reinforced the fact that teenagers have a biological disposition to going to bed late and struggling to get up…

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Even Students With Low Self-Esteem Don’t Benefit From Inflated Praise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Today’s talented youth are often lavished with praise by parents and teachers alike, and most of us are familiar with the argument that this practice may actually harm development. But what we aren’t so familiar with is the idea that too much praise may harm the development of struggling students…

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Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

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