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- 2.25.15 Education standards and testing focus of Vanderbilt panel March 9 A community forum, “Standards and Testing: What’s Missing from the Current Debate,” will take place Monday, March 9, at noon in the community room at the downtown Nashville Public Library (619 Church St.). The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
- 2.13.15 Education experts offer 18 apps that make learning fun Smart phones and tablets are the new way to play. Everywhere you look, children—from toddlers on up—are engrossed in handheld devices. But parents needn’t see screen time as the enemy. When chosen wisely, apps can help a child learn important skills such as reading, algebra, fractions and even computer coding—all while having fun.
- 2.3.15 Abstract language may help preschoolers grasp early math concepts At an early age, children are taught to identify and recreate patterns using objects of different colors and shapes. This seemingly simple learning activity is actually an important exercise in relational thinking, and a foundational skill in early mathematics.
- 1.17.15 Visiting international scholars ‘give back’ to Nashville’s needy Vanderbilt’s visiting Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows have experienced much of the lively culture that makes the city a popular place to live, work and play. Now, these international guests are digging deeper into what it means to live in Nashville by giving back to the area’s needy.
- 1.15.15 ‘Loan aversion’ is focus of new higher ed study While many would be-college students view student loans as a necessary part of achieving their educational goals, a significant subset of the population is “loan averse,” meaning they would rather work their way through school or forego college altogether than take out a student loan.
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When teachers get bonuses, do test scores rise?
Teachers should make more money, most would agree. But do higher paychecks translate into higher student test scores? This was the focus of a new Vanderbilt study, which examined a national pay-for-performance program in Texas. Results were recently published in the Economics of Education Review through ScienceDirect.