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The Best Resources For Learning About “Nudges” In Schools

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There’s been a renewed interest in the use of “nudges” for education in light of Richard Thaler winning the Nobel Prize last month for his work on that topic.

Here’s how Ed Week defines a “nudge”:

Interventions based on analysis of human behavior, including the habits, routines, and biases in normal decisionmaking

Cheap or free to implement (e.g., sending an email, changing seating arrangement)

Does not require or forbid an action (As Cass Sunstein put it, “Putting fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.”)

Generally used at the time a person makes a decision

Here are some resources worth considering when thinking about using “nudges” in our classrooms:

Small ‘Nudges’ Can Push Students in the Right Direction is from Education Week.

Here are a couple of related posts I’ve previously shared:

Quote Of The Day: “Nudges” Aren’t Enough

Ways To Encourage Our Students To Get Through “The Last Mile”

Knowing when to nudge in education is from Brookings.

Why ‘Nudges’ Hardly Help is from The Atlantic.

Don’t Nudge Me: The Limits of Behavioral Economics in Medicine is from The New York Times.

Nudging For Kids has some interesting resources.

Behind That Nobel Prize for Economics, an Innovation for Schools? How ‘Nudge Theory’ Is Already Being Tested in Classrooms is from The 74.

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed is by David Kirp.

For Education Interventions, a Little ‘Nudge’ Can Go a Long Way is from Ed Week.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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