Encouraging empathy, sharing science, or raising awareness of rights? Physical punishment — from hitting children with sticks to making them kneel to slapping them — occurs every day in classrooms throughout the world. Yet we know experiences of violence at school are linked to … Continue reading Corporal punishment in schools
Scaling Nudges with Machine Learning There is a particular tension at the heart of applied behavioral science: We make decisions based on our unique circumstances and context, and yet we also desire solutions that can help people make better decisions … Continue reading Bringing about behaviors
How US kids’ problems with fractions reveal the fascinating link between language and maths Cast your mind back to your teenage maths lessons. Without a calculator, would you have been able to estimate the answer to the following sum? 12/13 … Continue reading Is mathematics natural or man-made?
What You Need to Know About a Leprechaun, Your Brain, and Learning I once heard a funny story about a leprechaun. It was told by Sanjay Sarma, a professor of mechanical engineering and the Vice President for Open Learning at … Continue reading The story of the little leprechaun
Harnessing behavioral economics to reinvent employee education Since the birth of the self-directed defined contribution plan, industry conferences have typically had speeches and panel discussions on how to motivate participants to make better decisions — or decisions at all. Typically, … Continue reading Intuitive design in education
Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It Many leaders see organizational learning simply as sharing existing knowledge. This isn’t surprising given that this is the primary focus of educational institutions, training programs, and leadership development courses. It’s the … Continue reading Efficiency at scale
Forgot Where You Parked? Good School’s out for the summer — and so begins a long few months of parents’ and teachers’ worrying about all the things their children will forget before the fall. The fractions they won’t be able … Continue reading Forgetting as an educational virtue