Tag Archives: educational psychology

Peers, more than teachers, inspire us to learn

“Why do I have to learn this?” It’s a common question among youth, but new research out of Michigan State University suggests students perform much better academically when the answer is provided by their peers rather than their teachers. University students who were given a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to… Read More »

Supporting financially strapped engineering students

A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will help second- and third-year engineering students with financial needs continue on their paths to graduation. Attracting talented students into science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM disciplines, does little good if financial strains derail a student’s plans midway to graduation. The NSF grant to the Michigan… Read More »

Still learning, still LEADING: Programs rank #1 in nation

For the 22nd straight year, the College of Education at Michigan State University has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for both elementary and secondary education. Rehabilitation counseling at MSU also ranks #1, according to U.S. News & World Report, making that three program areas in the college considered best in the country. More… Read More »

“Reading at a Crossroads” co-edited by professor, alumni

Rand Spiro, professor of educational psychology, is lead editor of “Reading at a Crossroads? Disjunctures and Continuities in Current Conceptions and Practices,” recently published by Routledge. The book examines how the Internet is transforming reading and learning-through-reading with contributions from distinguished experts in the field. Spiro, along with four alumni, co-edited the book. “Too much of learning… Read More »

America’s best teachers get creative

While U.S. educational policy emphasizes high-stakes testing and scripted lessons, the best teachers in the business are taking creative risks – often drawing from their own interests and hobbies – to help students learn, new research finds. Examining the classroom practices of National Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, the study, by Michigan State… Read More »

MSU at AERA: At a Glance

Faculty members and graduate students from Michigan State University will travel to Chicago, Ill., for the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. International and domestic researchers will attend the April 16-20 event to share and discuss research across numerous education disciplines. Here is a look at the key honors and appointments involving College… Read More »