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

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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.

Dr. Frank Farley Discusses the Power of Self-Expression

Frank Farley

Bumper stickers, nearly as old as bumpers, can be funny, political, or thoughtful. While the messages can divide us, they can also bring us together. Stickers and their like - window clings, decals, personalized license plates - all provide "an opportunity for conversation," said Temple University College of Education professor Dr. Frank Farley.

"Self-expression is a powerful human motive," said Farley, also a former president of the American Psychological Association. "Bumper stickers are just another vehicle of expression."

Dr. Michael Smith to Speak at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention

Michael W Smith

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased to announce that Michael Smith will be speaking at the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention in Boston. Smith, of the College of Education at Temple University will present as a member of the following panels:

“Close Reading, Critical Reading, Misreading, and Myths of Reading”

“(Re)Inventing English Teacher Education: The Research and Practice of English Education Graduate Students”

“Talking Back to Achieve the Common Core Standards: Where David Coleman is Wrong and Why It Matters”

Dr. Frank Farley Discusses How Trauma Affects the Brain in Vancouver sun

Trains and construction workers

Survivors and witnesses to Ottawa train-bus crash can expect difficult weeks ahead, experts say.

People can experience anxiety, sadness, nightmares, intrusive thoughts or flashbacks, as well as anger over who is to blame - symptoms that can cross into full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder if they persist for several weeks or become more pronounced, experts say. Signs of PTSD include feeling jumpy and irritable for no reason. Some people feel "on guard" all the time, or hear noises.

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