Education and Psychology
Dec. 3, 2007—Subjects like physics, calculus and biology are challenging for most students, but imagine tackling these topics without being able to see the graphs and figures used to teach them. A new smartpen and paper technology that works with touch and records classroom audio aims to bring these subjects to life for blind students.
Oct. 31, 2007—Contrary to popular belief, schools are not devoting more time and resources to students that fall just below federal standards in response to No Child Left Behind, a new study from Vanderbilt University has found.
Oct. 30, 2007—A new endowed scholarship program at Vanderbilt University‘s Peabody College aims to produce the next generation of leaders in the closely watched field of educational testing and student assessment.
Sep. 27, 2007—Reading, writing, 'rithmetic and... good manners? Researchers have found that 10 basic social skills such as taking turns, listening and simply being nice are just as important to children's academic success as the subjects they study, and that students can and should be learning these skills in the classroom.
Sep. 24, 2007—As perhaps the fastest-growing sector in the school choice movement, charter schools claim to offer a bigger bang for the public education buck. The question is, is it true? According to Charter School Outcomes, a new book by some of the leading charter school researchers in the country, it depends.
Sep. 4, 2007—New research from Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests that performance pay for teachers and administrators often has a positive impact on student achievement and should be explored by states and school districts. Their findings are the result of a review of six large current or planned performance-pay programs and the U.S. Department of Education's $500 million Teacher Incentive Fund implemented under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Aug. 29, 2007—Helping African American males succeed in urban schools can seem like an intractable problem, but applying some basic principles that empower teachers and students is a key part of the answer, finds Vanderbilt University education researcher H. Richard Milner. In a new article in the journal Theory Into Practice, he argues that teachers and school leaders must move beyond making excuses to turn around failing schools.
Aug. 20, 2007—Vanderbilt University higher education experts are available for back-to-school interviews on admissions, tuition, financial aid, rankings, higher education policy and reform, immigration and higher education, and more.
Jun. 6, 2007—The Pentagon is not the first place to which policy makers look for ideas on increasing parental involvement in education, but they should, according to Vanderbilt University education researcher Claire Smrekar.
May. 15, 2007—Can you imagine an archer trying to improve her accuracy by practicing blindfolded, never seeing how close she was to hitting her target, never getting any information to help correct her aim?
TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt education experts presenting new research on student achievement, charter schools and more in Chicago April 9-13
Apr. 9, 2007—Education experts from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development will be presenting their latest research April 9-13, 2007, in Chicago at the American Educational Research Association's annual conference.
TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can comment on why handwriting still counts; National Handwriting Day to be recognized Jan. 23
Jan. 18, 2007— Many of today‘s students reach for a keyboard rather than a pencil to communicate their thoughts. But they just might be typing their way to the back of the class, according to Vanderbilt writing expert Steve Graham.