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Teachers who have more effective colleagues in their school are more effective teachers themselves, a study by associate professor Kirabo Jackson shows. Peer learning is the reason, according to Jackson.

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Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication

Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication

Professor Douglas Medin's new study explores the cultural side of science communication and how to present science information to diverse groups without polarization. Medin suggests communicating science in a culturally neutral way.

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New York Times: David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School

<em>New York Times:</em> David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School

The New York Times features a study by professors David Figlio and Jon Guryan showing that babies who were heavier at birth scored higher on math and reading tests from third to eighth grades. The study calls into question medical interventions that time births earlier for the convenience of the parents.

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Increasing Teacher Effort: Kirabo Jackson's Study Compares Managerial Control with Performance Pay

Increasing Teacher Effort: Kirabo Jackson's Study Compares Managerial Control with Performance Pay

Paying teachers according to student test-score improvements is gaining traction, but is there a better way to boost teacher effort? In a new working paper SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson and Henry Schneider of Cornell University tackle the issue by being among the first to evaluate the role of managerial control in improving employee performance and comparing it with performance pay.

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Grant Funds New Network for Public Science Education and Outreach

Grant Funds New Network for Public Science Education and Outreach

Northwestern University is part of a new multi-institutional initiative to encourage education and outreach efforts that extend the impact of federal scientific research. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to a five-year initiative called the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration (BIONIC).

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Sunshine State News: David Figlio's Report Shows Tax Scholarship Students Keep Up with Peers Nationally

<em>Sunshine State News:</em> David Figlio's Report Shows Tax Scholarship Students Keep Up with Peers Nationally

Professor David Figlio's new study shows low-income students participating in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program are performing at the same level as their peers nationally, according to Sunshine State News.

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How Children Categorize Living Things

How Children Categorize Living Things

Linguistic and cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world. In a study conducted by Andrea Taverna with professors Sandra Waxman and Douglas Medin, the responses of children from three different cultural communities in Argentina to what is living differed, offering a glimpse of how linguistic, cultural and experiential forces shape understanding of the natural world.

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