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I often write about research studies from various fields 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.

By the way, you might also be interested in My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – So Far.

Here are some new useful studies (and related resources):

Three Studies Show Impact of Deeper Learning is from The American Institutes For Research. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning.”

People May Be More Cooperative after Listening to Upbeat Music is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Research On Listening To Music When Studying.

Why scientists think your boss should play music while you work is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Is Homework Good for Kids? Here’s What the Research Says is from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

How Does Exercise Benefit Cognition? is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources.

Should Students Explain Their Thinking? Not Always, Research Says is from Ed Week. It’s a helpful study, though I think it uses a “straw man.” It basically says that student self-explanation is effective as long as they’re giving a correct one. It’s difficult for me to believe that many teachers don’t use guidance to ensure that this is the case. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen researchers use straw men to prove their point. I’m adding the info to The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More.

A Systematic Review of the Research on Vocabulary Instruction That Impacts Text Comprehension is from The International Literacy Association. It’s behind a paywall, but looks like it might be worth the money. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary, where I also have links to lots of other research.

Great expectations: how to help your students fulfil their potential is from The Guardian.