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.


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