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:
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.
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.
Using self-nudging to make better choices is from Science Daily.
What is ‘self-nudging’? A simple trick to make healthier choices is from The Today Show.
Copy-Paste Prompts: A New Nudge to Promote Goal Achievement is a research paper about an idea I hadn’t heard of before. It sounds like a gentle use of peer pressure.
Do Behavioral Nudges Work on Organizations? is from The Harvard Business Review.
Promises and limitations of nudging in education is from Annenberg.
Nudging Kids Toward Reading This Summer is by Daniel Willingham.