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:
More Evidence of Self-Enhancement Bias: New Study of Tailgating and Flawed Self-Evaluations: David Dunning’s Fascinating Work are both from Bob Sutton, and report on research questioning if we are the best judges of our work. I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Helping Students See They Might Not Always Be The Best Judges Of Their Behavior.
This somewhat rambling report highlights research on “ego depletion” and its effect on self-control. In summary, the study found that feeling socially rejected reduces one’s self-control ability. Yet another reason to develop more of a sense of community in the classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.
Teaching, Learning, and the “Curse of Knowledge”is an interesting post by Bryan Harris. He quotes the Heath brothers describing it this way: “Once you know something, it’s hard to imagine not knowing it. And that, in turn, makes it harder for you to communicate to a novice.”