Study Shows Educational and Psychological Value of Letting Children Read What They Want

Reading Unbound: Scholastic Magazine Cover

Michael W. Smith, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at Temple University, has been working on a study that shows the educational and psychological value of letting children read whatthey want. As a result of over five years of research Michael and Jeff Wilhelm have co-authored Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want – and Why We Should Let Them, published by Scholastic.

Temple and Carnegie Mellon Researchers Offer Fresh Perspective To Improve Learning by Taming Instructional Complexity

Dr. Julie Booth

From using concrete or abstract materials to giving immediate or delayed feedback, there are rampant debates over the best teaching strategies to use. But, in reality, improving education is not as simple as choosing one technique over another.

Carnegie Mellon University and Temple University researchers scoured the educational research landscape and found that because improved learning depends on many different factors, there are actually more than 205 trillion instructional options available.

Dr. Janelle Bailey Elected as Vice President of American Association of Physics Teachers

Dr. Janelle Bailey

Dr. Janelle Bailey, Associate Professor of Physics Education has been elected to serve as Vice President of the Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). AAPT recognizes her outstanding level of service to the physics education community.

Dr. Bailey will enter the AAPT Presidential Chain, serving as Vice President in 2014, President-Elect in 2015, President in 2016, and Past President in 2017.

Dr. Maia Cucchiara Discusses How Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class

Tom Mihalek/Reuters

If handled carefully, an increase in the number of middle-class families in urban public schools could be a triumph for equity and diversity, said Temple College of Education professor Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara in an essay. “However, in the absence of reforms that address inequitable funding and the city-suburban divide, efforts to attract middle-class families will inevitably fall short of preventing the next crisis,” she said.


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