Education And Psychology

  • Vanderbilt University

    Brain imaging may hold clues to help children improve grammar

    Researchers have for the first time successfully used brain imaging to predict how children will respond to programs that help them improve their grammar. Read More

    Mar 11, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Tennessee pre-k students see 82 percent gain over peers

    Students in Tennessee's state prekindergarten program experience an average of 82 percent greater gains in literacy and math skills over their peers who do not attend state pre-k. Read More

    Feb 24, 2011

  • Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

    Brainstorm 2011 events begin March 3

    "Brainstorm 2011," a series of free public events about brain research hosted by Vanderbilt University, will explore post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and the mysteries of feelings and perception throughout the month of March. Read More

    Feb 23, 2011

  • Kennedy Center Science Day

    Kennedy Center celebrates Science Day 2011

    A record crowd of students and presenters turned out for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development's 2011 Science Day Feb. 15. Read More

    Feb 16, 2011

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    Schizophrenics better at some memory tasks

    (iStock Photo) Individuals with schizophrenia are better at some cognitive tasks than average people, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates. The findings open the door for potential new therapies for these individuals. Katy Thakkar and Sohee Park (Mary Donaldson/Vanderbilt University) “We found a pocket of spared or enhanced ability in… Read More

    Jan 28, 2011

  • How does the policy environment impact charter schools?

    How does the policy environment impact charter schools?

    Charter schools and mayoral control are both hot topics in education reform.  Indiana combined these reform strategies when enacting a new charter school law in 2001.  Under the law, the mayor of Indianapolis was granted authorizing authority to charter schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools district, as well as 10… Read More

    Jan 26, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Brain imaging predicts future reading progress in children with dyslexia

    (Photo credit: iStock photo) Brain scans of adolescents with dyslexia can be used to predict the future improvement of their reading skills with an accuracy rate of up to 90 percent, new research indicates. Advanced analyses of the brain activity images are significantly more accurate in driving predictions than standardized… Read More

    Dec 20, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Participants sought for study treating speech disorders in young children with cleft palate

    Young children born with cleft lip or palate are sought to participate in a groundbreaking intervention study to help improve their language and speech. The study, launched by Vanderbilt University and East Tennessee State University in January 2010, has already been found to have a positive impact on addressing speech disorders in these children. Read More

    Dec 19, 2010

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    Texas program sees gains in student achievement, teacher retention

    Student achievement improved and teacher turnover declined in schools participating in the Texas state-funded District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) program, the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University has found. “Our findings suggest that, more often than not, participants in the D.A.T.E. program had a positive experience and… Read More

    Dec 7, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert able to comment on DREAM Act

    As members of Congress spar over whether or not to provide tuition benefits and a path to legalization to undocumented students through the DREAM Act, an examination of the nation’s first state-level “dream act” indicates such policy effectively boosts college enrollment by these students. Read More

    Dec 6, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    TIPSHEET: Expert on surveillance can comment on National Opt-Out Day

    Torin Monahan, associate professor of human and organizational development and medicine at Vanderbilt University, is available to discuss how and why resistance to surveillance is on the rise in the United States and ways in which surveillance has developed in recent years. Read More

    Nov 19, 2010

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    Important brain area organized by color and orientation

    Photo courtesy of National Eye Institute A brain area known to play a critical role in vision is divided into compartments that respond separately to different colors and orientations, Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered. The findings have important implications for furthering our understanding of perception and attention. The research… Read More

    Nov 15, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Educators need to shift focus from achievement gap to opportunity gap to better serve racially diverse students

    A report released this week by the Council of Great City Schools finds black students continue to perform and test at levels significantly below their white counterparts. A new book released this month by Vanderbilt University education professor H. Richard Milner details strategies for closing this persistent achievement gap by… Read More

    Nov 10, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Babies learn best from parents, not video

    New research from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia finds that infants learn little to nothing from popular educational videos and learn the most from face-to-face interactions with their parents and other familiar figures. Read More

    Nov 10, 2010

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    Vanderbilt University to collaborate on new $40 million National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

    Helping foster children’s learning and readiness for school through the federal Head Start program is the goal of a new National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, created this fall with a $40 million grant from the Office of Head Start. Read More

    Nov 9, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Immigration and education explored in special issue of Peabody Journal of Education

    Peabody student Thomas Davis teaching English to Hispanic and minority children Immigration issues are as complex and varied in American classrooms as they are in the courtroom, yet answers on how to tackle these issues are elusive. A special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education released this month brings… Read More

    Nov 5, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn’t

    Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is able to catch errors that can fool our conscious brain. Read More

    Oct 28, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Research briefs offer answers on school choice

    The National Center for School Choice at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development has released a series of five research briefs explaining new findings on charter schools. Read More

    Oct 13, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Neurons cast votes to guide decision-making

    Lead author Braden Purcell We know that casting a ballot in the voting booth involves politics, values and personalities. But before you ever push the button for your candidate, your brain has already carried out an election of its own to make that action possible. New research from Vanderbilt… Read More

    Oct 8, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Peabody researchers travel to Brazil to discuss education policy

    A group of Peabody College Leadership, Policy and Organizations faculty will travel to Universidade de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for an Oct. 4-5 seminar on education policy in Brazil and the United States. The event is the second in a series of collaborations on education research between… Read More

    Sep 28, 2010