In honor of April 1st, I thought research aficionados might enjoy some award-winning studies of critical education issues, including:
• The pitfalls of getting students to pay close attention.
• Why fingernails on chalkboards remain one of the most bloodcurdling sounds we hear.
• Damage to reading comprehension caused by reading someone’s incorrectly highlighted version of the text.
• The value of differentiating instruction for all learners, even those at the well below basic level.
• And, my favorite, one reason education research often fails to affect policy.
Happy April Fool’s Day!
A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.