Zombie Reforms and Personalized Learning (Part 2)

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

In Part 1, I described an instructional innovation Professor Fred Keller designed in the mid-1960s aimed at transforming the traditional college undergraduate lecture course in psychology. Called Personalized System of Instruction, PSI was a course using behaviorist techniques that permitted students to move at their own pace in finishing assignments, taking tests, and completing the course. Similar courses in the social and natural sciences spread rapidly across university campuses throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

Initially popular as they were in converting traditional courses into individually guided lessons, these university courses faded.  By the mid-1990s, few faculty used PSI for introductory courses.

Evidence of higher student scores for those completing the PSI course as compared to traditional lecture course, however, clearly supported the innovation. Dropping PSI, then, had little to do with its demonstrated success with students. Other factors played a part in the disappearance of PSI on college campuses…

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How we balance work and family life may be learned from our parents

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There is a new qualitative study co-authored by Dr Ioana Lupu from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that looks at how parents influence the work-family life balance from their children later on in life. One insight? Women who had stay-at-home mothers ‘work like their fathers but want to parent like their mothers’.

From the press release:

Previous work-life balance research has focused more on the organisational context or on individual psychological traits to explain work and career decisions. However, this new study, published in Human Relations, highlights the important role of our personal history and what we subconsciously learn from our parents.

“We are not blank slates when we join the workforce — many of our attitudes are already deeply engrained from childhood,” according to co-author by Dr Ioana Lupu.

The study argues that our beliefs and expectations about the right balance between work and family are often…

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Almost all cognitive abilities are positively related, also in adolescence

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If you believe in talents, than you might think that missing one talent can be compensated by being better in another field. Sadly, often some have more than others as  almost all cognitive abilities are positively related. A new study confirms this as it shows that cognitive abilities – in this case vocabulary and matrix reasoning – seem to reinforce each other in adolescence and for young adults.

From the press release:

One of the most striking findings in psychology is that almost all cognitive abilities are positively related – on average, people who are better at a skill like reasoning are generally also better at a skill like vocabulary. This fact allows scientists and educational practitioners to summarize people’s skills on a wide range of domains as one factor – often called ‘g’, for ‘general intelligence’. Despite this, the mechanisms underlying ‘g’ and its development remain somewhat mysterious.

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Write and Organize for Deeper Learning by Patti Shank: Read it, use it, repeat

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Mirjam Neelen

I had a couple of reasons for reading Patti Shank’s new book ‘Write and Organize for Deeper Learning’ (2017). First of all, I love her work. She’s extremely knowledgeable and recognises why it’s critical to design learning experiences based on the science of…? Indeed, learning. More importantly, she practices what she preaches. So, I was curious as to what she ‘came up with’ this time and of course, I wanted to find out if I could learn anything new that I could apply in my own work.

Just to be clear: this book is about instructional writing. Shank explains why writing for instruction is fundamentally different from other kinds of writing. Specifically, writing for instruction means writing for learnability, which “describes the ease and speed with which something can be learned, applied, and remembered” (p 2).  She proposes that there are six areas that can…

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Good video: why ‘It’s hard’ is good for learning

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Richard Wiseman one wrote on Twitter that there are only 3 important words when talking about learning:

This video is a more elaborated version of the importance of those 3 words:

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Our Top 3 – Sizzling Summer Blogs

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Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

In the summertime (no, not the song by Mungo Jerry), things can be a bit quiet, especially in the professional space. Being lonely in the office while your colleagues are traveling to exciting tropical destinations. It’s just a boring time. In Dutch we call this ‘komkommertijd’ (literally ‘cucumber time’; denoting the off-, silly, slack season). So, we just thought it would be nice to provide you with something exciting.

Our top 3 sizzling summer blogs

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 3starlearningexperiences started slightly over two years ago. We met online on Twitter and started this blog after one of us (Mirjam, a Dutch native living and working in Dublin) suggested that the other (Paul, originally an American but now a full-blooded Dutchy) should also blog in English. It was only last November that we met ‘for real’ in Oulu, Finland. It kind of sounds like the perfect, modern-day…

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Funny on Sunday: An answer to that infamous tree-and-education-cartoon

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You know this cartoon?

Today I found this answer and the funny thing is: I think more progressive and more traditional orientated edu-thinkers can read something totally different in the cartoon. Up to you to guess what they could be thinking…

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