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A national experiment reveals where a growth mindset improves achievement | Nature
A global priority for the behavioural sciences is to develop cost-effective, scalable interventions that could improve the academic outcomes of adolescents at a population level, but no such interventions have so far been evaluated in a population-generalizable sample. Here we show that a short (less than one hour), online growth mindset intervention—which teaches that intellectual abilities can be developed—improved grades among lower-achieving students and increased overall enrolment to advanced mathematics courses in a nationally representative sample of students in secondary education in the United States. Notably, the study identified school contexts that sustained the effects of the growth mindset intervention: the intervention changed grades when peer norms aligned with the messages of the intervention. Confidence in the conclusions of this study comes from independent data collection and processing, pre-registration of analyses, and corroboration of results by a blinded Bayesian analysis.
MINDSET  Learning_Communities  LIU  LIUBLC  Pol.11  Pol.12  Teaching  Learning 
17 days ago by Jibarosoy
Why liberal arts and the humanities are as important as engineering | Vivek Wadhwa | Pulse | LinkedIn
An engineering degree is very valuable, but the sense of empathy that comes from music, arts, literature and psychology provides a big advantage in design. A history major who has studied the Enlightenment or the rise and fall of the Roman Empire gains an insight into the human elements of technology and the importance of its usability. A psychologist is more likely to know how to motivate people and to understand what users want than is an engineer who has only worked in the technology trenches. A musician or artist is king in a world in which you can 3D-print anything that you can imagine.

When parents ask me now what careers their children should pursue and whether it is best to steer them into science, engineering, and technology fields, I tell them that it is best to let them make their own choices. They shouldn’t, I tell them, do what our parents did, telling us what to study and causing us to treat education as a chore; instead, they should encourage their children to pursue their passions and to love learning.
liberal_arts  LIU  LIUBLC  higher-education  jobs  career  Cline  Technology 
june 2018 by Jibarosoy
Brain Waves Instruction: 5 Favorite Poems to Teach Growth Mindset
The following poems are ones able to reach even the most reticent of poetry readers while shedding light on the themes of growth mindset. Each person, young and old, has had experience with trying to persevere through tough times when things seem to be working against them. These poems present an easy way to show students who may be struggling that they are not alone, while also building on reading and critical thinking skills.
MINDSET  LIUBLC  Learning_Communities_activities  faculty  Teaching  Pol.11  Poetry 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility - The New York Times
To prevent dropouts, Georgia State has developed a series of linked programs meant to provide the kind of safety net for poor students that wealthier students usually get from their families. For example, in 2011 the administration began disbursing microgrants of a few hundred dollars at a time to help students deal with unpaid tuition and fee balances, citing a California State University finding that only 30 percent of students who stop attending for a semester ever graduate.

Shantil Jones met her adviser, Christopher Almond, at the summer program, and he monitored, counseled and prodded her for the rest of her college career. Advisers like Mr. Almond start each morning checking to see if any of their undergraduates have tripped one of the 800 alerts that could signal potential academic trouble, based on reams of previous student data. It could be something as small as a single poor quiz grade.
Learning_Communities  LIUBLC  LIU  Cline  higher-education 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
In the Pursuit of Reason We Lose a Part of What Makes Us Human - Evonomics
The easiest way to identify the power of emotions over the success of the learning process is in understanding what students mean when they say they “feel stupid.” We have heard that sentence time and time again, and although most of us think of stupid as an inherent trait, stupid is a feeling—the feeling of shame. In an embarrassing social situation, shame triggers us to hide our faces and leave the room. In school too, shame triggers us to avoid the source of our shame: our mistakes. Students take a test with a poor grade, wad it up, and bury it in the bottom of a backpack, never to be looked at again. The problem with this, of course, is that mistakes are exactly what we use to improve. Any expert in any field will tell you that systematically facing and fixing your mistakes is what it takes to reach the top. The rational course of action would be to take each bad test and fix the mistakes until they are guaranteed to never happen again. But students do not choose the rational course, because they are too busy feeling stupid.
Learning_Communities  LIUBLC  MINDSET  Teaching  Learning  faculty  LIU  Cline  higher-education 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
College of Liberal Arts Strategic Plan
The College of Liberal Arts is the key to transforming OSU into a prominent international research university, achieving its strategic goal of providing transformative learning experiences, and strengthening OSU’s impact in Oregon and beyond. We bring the critical methods and crucial insights of the arts, humanities, and social sciences to the enduring and contemporary issues facing our world. We prepare students for challenging careers and empower them to live lives of achievement, courage, contribution, and meaning. Our work contributes to building a more just, secure, and promising future for all.
liberal_arts  higher-education  Core  LIU  Cline  peer  LIUBLC 
april 2018 by Jibarosoy
Helping Quiet Students Find Their Voices | Faculty Focus
His words inspired me to develop, “Another Way to Say It, Another Way to See It.” The approach provides an opportunity for quieter students to express their thoughts and ideas with written contributions. I define quiet students as those who do not speak in class or who speak seldom and, when they do, they do so with great difficulty due to anxiety and/or lack of confidence.

I implemented the project during the fall 2017 semester in my face-to-face Introduction to Social Work class. Here are excerpts from the letter I posted online for students to read:
Teaching  LIUBLC  Pol.11  questioning  Learning 
march 2018 by Jibarosoy
Students learn more effectively from print textbooks than screens, study says - Business Insider
from our review of research done since 1992, we found that students were able to better comprehend information in print for texts that were more than a page in length. This appears to be related to the disruptive effect that scrolling has on comprehension. We were also surprised to learn that few researchers tested different levels of comprehension or documented reading time in their studies of printed and digital texts.
READING  Computers_and_Internet  Technology  Pol.11  LIUBLC  Research 
march 2018 by Jibarosoy
Reacting to the Past at Carroll University
“For people skeptical about the game playing, or who have problems with the rigidness of the characters, I’d urge them to look beyond the game itself,” she said. “The pedagogy is very effective in teaching speaking, reading and writing skills. And it teaches better critical thinking skills. All those skills that are becoming increasingly relevant today.”

They were all on display a few weeks later, in another classroom, this one in Education Hall. Students in Dr. Allison Malcom’s History 105 class were engaged in a vigorous debate about slavery. The occasion was a dinner hosted by Samuel Morse in honor of John Calhoun. Morse, the noted inventor (yes, Morse code), was also politically active as a leader of the anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant movements in the 1840s and a defender of slavery.

Calhoun, a South Carolina senator and former vice president, was in fine form at the dinner, sipping whiskey (apple juice) and slapping down speeches from abolitionists present at the party.

“The understanding is that they are as actors in a play, trying to understand the mindset of the roles they are playing, both for good and for bad,” said Malcom. And this class is raucous. There are numerous speeches, a song, tête-á-têtes, arguing and prodding. While some students are definitely more fully inhabiting their roles, all seem intent on the proceedings. 

“I’d never have this many students participating in a typical classroom discussion of abolition,” noted Malcom.

Before the hour has finished, there is a kidnapping, as a pro-slavery group hauls away Frederick Douglass, followed by an assassination attempt, during which an abolitionist is killed. Pivotal moments such as these are often met in the games with the roll of a dice. Though students’ actions are quite constrained by the beliefs of their character and the times in which they lived, the games do offer some leeway, and can venture away from actual history, as the kidnapping demonstrates.
games  Simulations  RTTP  LIU  LIUBLC  Core  history  pedagogy  Teaching 
february 2018 by Jibarosoy
Features | Slack
It simplifies communication

Slack brings all your team's communication together, giving everyone a shared workspace where conversations are organized and accessible.
LIUBLC  Learning_Communities_activities  software  communications  steps  LIU  Pol._11 
february 2018 by Jibarosoy
What do you get when you mix English and Biology? | Toronto Star
The philosophy underlying the trend towards integrated learning is as old as Plato and would surely get the thumbs-up from Leonardo da Vinci, who was a mathematician as well as a painter. A quote often attributed to him sums it up:

“Study the science of art, study the art of science, develop your senses, learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

This class is doing that in myriad ways. After a unit studying diversity of life last fall, students pared the biological details down to the basics, creating storybooks they wrote, illustrated and then read to Grades 1 and 2 students at a nearby public school. Titles included “A Worm’s Wedding Journey,” “The Life of the Platy” and “Finding the Nematoda Family.”
LIUBLC  Learning_Communities  Core  Teaching  LIU  higher-education 
february 2018 by Jibarosoy
Creating the Space for Engaged Discussions
But these groups have a more direct task-they must select a response (or synthesize one from multiple members) that speaks for the entire group. So now we have students who are explaining and defending their ideas to others, which leverages some of the learning potential that we know can emerge from a peer instruction model. At this point, if the class is small enough, each group can appoint a spokesperson to present their thoughts to the rest of the class.
peer  LIUBLC  Learning_Communities_activities  Teaching  LIU 
january 2018 by Jibarosoy
That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.  Engineers may still command the biggest salaries, but at disruptive juggernauts such as Facebook and Uber, the war for talent has moved to nontechnical jobs, particularly sales and marketing. The more that audacious coders dream of changing the world, the more they need to fill their companies with social alchemists who can connect with customers--and make progress seem pleasant.
higher-education  LIU  Core  Teaching  career  jobs  Business  Technology  LIUBLC 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
City Internships | Internships Abroad | Internships in USA
CI is an accelerated learning provider. We partner with traditional educators and leading companies to close the skills gap that is leaving graduate jobs unfilled and more than 55% of graduates under-employed.1

Our immersive, in-person programs combine work experience-based training with cohort-based workshops and seminars. We equip students and graduates with the skills, experience and links to employers necessary to launch successful careers in today’s competitive and evolving employment landscape.

CI creates globally-engaged, career ready students. Upon college graduation, CI alumni get hired three-times faster and earn 30 percent more than their peers.
career  political_science  LIU  LIUBLC  jobs 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
Step Outside the Major, Please | ChronicleVitae
First, we need to convince our students to find ways to connect their majors with science and mathematics. Philosophy majors, why not take some epidemiology to pair up with your medical ethics course? Anthropologists need an anatomy course. Why wouldn't historians want to take some geology or meteorology to help understand the natural world their subjects inhabited? Musicians really benefit from math and physics, but they're seldom required to take them. And how can anyone understand what's happening in relation to race and sexuality in the United States without history and political-science courses?
Core  LIU  LIUBLC  Learning  Teaching 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
Cross-Training for the Brain | ChronicleVitae
As I was preparing for the new semester, a few days after talking to my son about his workouts, it occurred to me that the reason my fitness metaphor had proved inadequate was that it was incomplete. The core curriculum is really a lot more like cross-training than like weight-lifting. Yes, to be mentally fit, we have to push against resistance. But we also must encounter different types of resistance and respond to them with different parts of our brain. That’s why math majors need to study literature and English majors have to sit through math classes and all of them need to take history and science and fine arts and so on.
MINDSET  Core  Learning  Teaching  LIU  LIUBLC 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
What’s College Good For? - The Atlantic
The same goes for students of biology, mathematics, statistics, and, I’m embarrassed to say, economics. I try to teach my students to connect lectures to the real world and daily life. My exams are designed to measure comprehension, not memorization. Yet in a good class, four test-takers out of 40 demonstrate true economic understanding.

Economists’ educational bean counting can come off as annoyingly narrow. Non-economists—also known as normal human beings—lean holistic: We can’t measure education’s social benefits solely with test scores or salary premiums. Instead we must ask ourselves what kind of society we want to live in—an educated one or an ignorant one?
Education  LIU  LIUBLC  Core  Teaching  Learning 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
(11) The Role of Higher Order Thinking Skills on Moral Development | LinkedIn
We know that we have failed, in our institutions of higher education, to teach higher order thinking skills. Forty percent of graduates demonstrate no improvement in higher order thinking skills with another 50% showing a few skills that are only occasionally used because thinking is hard work. Even those who are taught some higher order thinking skills (including many of the faculty members at many institutions), because of the problem of transference in learning, the higher order thinking skills that have been learned have been learned in a subject silo and are not transferred to other domains. Our broad liberal arts education that was designed to teach higher order thinking skills across a wide variety of subjects in order to overcome the problem of transference is a thing of the past. This leaves the vast majority of our society, educated or not, operating most of the time at a concrete operational stage of thinking. Formal operational thinking is out of reach for most adults in our society and we (higher education) must take the blame.
Passions  reasoning  morals  liberal_arts  Teaching  Learning  LIUBLC  philosophy  teaching_pol_theory 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
Information and Learning Skills from MindTools.com
On this page, you’ll discover 51 skills that help you learn more effectively and develop others better. On it, you can learn personal study skills, find out how to create a great environment for workplace skills development, and help others develop more effectively. Enjoy learning about learning, and helping others learn!
Learning  Learning_Communities  Pol.11  LIUBLC  Teaching  Learning_Communities_activities 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
New evidence that students’ beliefs about their brains drive learning
A new study fills this gap by using data from five school districts in California that measure growth mindset for students in 3rd to 8th grade to assess the extent that students with stronger growth mindset learn more in a given year than those without. It finds that traditionally underserved students – including students in poverty, English learners, Hispanics, and African-American students – are less likely to hold a growth mindset. Yet, for all groups, students with a growth mindset learn more over the course of year than otherwise similar students who do not have a growth mindset. While this study is just a first step in assessing the effects of mindset on a large population of students and the role of schools in building mindset, the findings provide initial evidence that it may be beneficial to monitor the levels of growth mindset in the population and convey to students that the brain is malleable.
MINDSET  Psychology  Learning  LIUBLC  LIU  Teaching 
november 2017 by Jibarosoy

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