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Education and Psychology

You do the math: Explaining basic concepts behind math problems improves children’s learning

Apr. 10, 2009—New research from Vanderbilt University has found students benefit more from being taught the concepts behind math problems rather than the exact procedures to solve the problems. The findings offer teachers new insights on how best to shape math instruction to have the greatest impact on student learning.

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New research offers guidance for improving primary grade writing instruction

Feb. 26, 2009—New research from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers guidance for teachers to help them improve writing instruction in the primary grades and develop stronger student writers.

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New statewide education initiative announced; Vanderbilt will serve as research partner

Feb. 18, 2009—Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist today announced the establishment of a collaboration that seeks to make education a top priority for Tennessee. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonpartisan initiative, hopes to jumpstart education reform efforts across the state. Vanderbilt will serve as a research partner to SCORE.

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Students helping students: a guide for developing social skills in students with disabilities

Feb. 16, 2009—Students helping other students learn has been proven to boost academic achievement and social skills in students with and without disabilities. A new book by Vanderbilt University researchers, Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students' Social Lives and Learning, based on over 20 years of research in the field, offers teachers practical guidelines for implementing these peer support strategies in the classroom.

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Progress report on nation’s largest state-funded teacher performance pay program released

Dec. 4, 2008—Paying teachers for their performance was supported by both presidential candidates in the 2008 election and is being tried in school districts across the nation. But the question remains—does it work? A second-year evaluation of Texas' statewide performance pay program, the largest in the nation, released Dec. 1 reveals insights into whether these programs are beneficial and attractive to teachers.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert available to discuss new national report that finds states failing to provide affordable college opportunities

Dec. 3, 2008—Vanderbilt higher education policy expert William Doyle is available to comment on a new report released Dec. 3 by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that finds states are making little or no progress in providing affordable college opportunities or improving college completion rates for their residents.

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Vanderbilt, Metro Nashville Public Schools, community agencies partner to win $3.4 million in federal pre-k funds

Nov. 12, 2008—Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development, in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and other community agencies, has won a three-year, $3.4 million federal grant to enhance language and literacy skills in pre-kindergarten classrooms.

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Best state financial aid policies focus on students with real need, use simple applications

Sep. 22, 2008—The best state financial aid policies focus on students who would not otherwise go to college and make aid simple to apply for and keep, a new research review by Vanderbilt University higher education researcher William Doyle finds. The review has implications for federal financial aid policies.

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Community research focus of all-day conference Sept. 19

Sep. 16, 2008—The Center for Community Studies at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development is hosting its fall conference Friday, Sept. 19, to showcase and discuss research on key topics affecting communities, including Nashville.

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Vanderbilt researchers seek to make standardized tests accessible

Sep. 11, 2008—Vanderbilt University Learning Sciences Institute researchers Stephen N. Elliott, Peter A. Beddow and Ryan J. Kettler have developed a decision-making instrument called the Test Accessibility and Modification Inventory (TAMI) to address the issue of accessibility for students with special needs.

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Calculators okay in math class, if students know the facts first

Aug. 19, 2008—Calculators are useful tools in elementary mathematics classes, if students already have some basic skills, new research has found. The findings shed light on the debate about whether and when calculators should be used in the classroom.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt experts available to comment on reauthorization of Higher Education Act

Jul. 31, 2008—Vanderbilt University experts are available to comment on the issues and policies addressed by the reauthorized Higher Education Act, expected to be finalized by Congress in the next several days.

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