Education Research Highlights From 2015
2015 was a great year for education research. fMRI technology gave us new insight into how exercise can improve math ability by changing the structure of children's brains (#13 below). We saw how Sesame Street's 40-year history has made an impact on preparing young children for school (#7). Several studies reinforced the importance of social and emotional learning for students (#2, 5, and 9). Two must-read publications were released to help educators understand how students learn (#4 and 11). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about. 1. A classroom's physical learning space makes a difference in how well students learn. Barrett, P. 2. Kindness matters. Jones, D. 3. Did you know that participating in theatre programs can help students with autism learn to play in groups, communicate with others, and recognize faces? Corbett, B. 4. If you’re looking for an excellent review of research on how students learn, check out The Science of Learning. 5. 6. 7.
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