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The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

| March 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.

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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

| March 21, 2014 | 7 Comments

Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

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College Students of Color Reject Rosy Pictures of Diversity

College Students of Color Reject Rosy Pictures of Diversity

| March 11, 2014 | 5 Comments

Glossy images of diverse student bodies at universities are meant to convey these institutions’ warm embrace of prospective students, employees and supporters. But research suggests that when the images don’t line up with reality, the use of minority member photographs can backfire, generating an effect exactly opposite of the one intended.

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Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems

Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems

| February 25, 2014 | 26 Comments

Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.

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How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems

How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems

| February 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

A new study suggests that by playing games that involve quickly guessing how many items are in a group of objects, children can help themselves become better at traditional math problems.

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Can You Learn While You Sleep?

Can You Learn While You Sleep?

| December 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

What’s more, researchers are coming to recognize that dreaming is an essential part of understanding, organizing and retaining what we learn—and that dreams may even hold out the possibility of directing our learning as we doze.

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How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

| November 25, 2013 | 5 Comments

Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth. If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the group of crucial fields known as STEM, we ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early.

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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

| November 4, 2013 | 19 Comments

Research shows that interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. When we’re interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

| October 29, 2013 | 12 Comments

Listening and observing can be passive activities—in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning. The difference lies in our intention: the purpose and awareness with which we approach the occasion. Here’s how to make sure your intentions are good.

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Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

| October 21, 2013 | 31 Comments

What happens when parents and teachers—figures of towering importance in the world of children—pass on negative views about particular academic subjects?

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