I often write about research studies from various field and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature:
How Immersion Helps to Learn a Language is from The New York Times. Here’s an excerpt:
Learning a foreign language is never easy, but contrary to common wisdom, it is possible for adults to process a language the same way a native speaker does. And over time, the processing improves even when the skill goes unused, researchers are reporting….
Here’s another reason why it’s important for teachers to recognize that power is not a finite pie — if some is shared with students, that doesn’t mean that teachers have less. Instead, it makes the pie bigger by creating more possibilities for everyone. A study reports that feelings of powerlessness negatively impacts learning.
What Neuroscience Tells Us About Deepening Learning is a not a study, but a review of various research findings. It appeared in Education Week.
Students should be taught how to study. is a good review of recent study over at Daniel Willingham’s blog.
Bilingual Children Switch Tasks Faster Than Speakers of a Single Language is a report on a new study. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.
Being Bilingual Wards Off Symptoms of Dementia is a report on another study. I’m adding it to the same list.