Education experts said Oct. 4 that the United States may be overdue for a science education overhaul like the one undertaken after the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite 50 years ago, and predicted that a window for change may open as the Iraq war winds down.
Ed School Dean James Ryan has written a book based on his Commencement speech from last year.
Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies, analyzes the system of peer review in her new book “How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment.”
William Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions at Harvard, lauds the recently announced reform of the SATs. He explains why the changes should help level the playing field for students.
When inequality is baked into public educational systems from kindergarten through the 12th grade, it usually extends through other aspects of life later, Harvard analysts say.
In a lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, retiring Professor David Perkins explored the evolution of the teaching of thinking, including its history, obstacles, advances, and likely future.
Excellence, access, and affordability are top concerns for higher education, Faust and other presidents say in Washington discussion.
Forty-six years ago, a working-class town in Michigan began a program that changed lives. “Mind-blowing,” one scholar called it at Harvard last week.
In the face of mounting concerns about the cost and value of college, higher education continues to be the most effective route to economic and personal success, Harvard President Drew Faust argued during an address in Dallas Friday to nearly 500 high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors.
Paul Tough's prescription for making children better students sounds like a license to have fun: Read to them, sing, play, emphasize encouragement over criticism, and converse a lot. Research shows a correlation between how many words a child hears in the first three years of life and brain development, he said. The more words, the smarter the child.
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A panel of leading thinkers shared five visions of education’s future during an Askwith Forum on Tuesday at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The scenarios ranged widely, from redefining the function of schools and teachers to adopting learning models from other nations.
Do leaders need competence, character, or both? And can such traits be taught? On Feb. 7, Harvard experts gathered to discuss the University’s role in fostering leaders in business, education, and the public sector in honor of Harvard Corporation member Nan Keohane’s new book, “Thinking About Leadership.”
A Harvard and MIT study’s findings suggest that teachers often constitute a significant portion of the participants in MOOCs; that learner intentions matter; and that those with financial stakes have higher completion rates.
During a discussion at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, two former members of the Marine Corps discussed how their rigorous training and military careers prepared them for their current roles in education, and how those lessons can translate more broadly to the education sector.
School administrators may want to be even more aggressive in calling for weather-related closures. A new study conducted by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor Joshua Goodman finds that snow days do not impact student learning.
Peter Carfagna, a sports law expert at Harvard Law School, talks about growing legal pressure on the NCAA to reconsider the way it treats student-athletes.
Online courses are unlikely to take over higher education, says Lawrence Bacow, member of the Harvard Corporation and former president of Tufts University, but they can help revitalize learning.
Social psychologist and author Claude Steele talks about how negative stereotypes about a social group’s intellectual abilities can trigger anxiety and cognitive difficulties in those who identify with that group, leading to chronic underperformance.
Richard Weissbourd discusses whether love can be effectively taught in schools, reflects on the state of sex-ed, and examines where love is best modeled in the media.
Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner discusses the time-tested values of truth, beauty, and goodness in a three-part lecture series at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
MOOCs (massive open online courses) have sparked explosive growth in both education and opportunity. Consider edX. Since this joint Harvard and MIT online ...
Recognizing all of an individual’s identifying characteristics promotes diversity, Brandeis lecturer Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson told an audience at an FAS Diversity Dialogue.
Noam Chomsky on Wednesday joined Bruno della Chiesa, a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in an Askwith Forum covering the legacy of the radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and his 1968 book, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”
Civil Rights activist James Meredith, who famously fought to be admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi in 1962, received the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s highest honor when he was awarded its Medal for Education Impact during its recent convocation.
HGSE economist Tom Kane explains the issues behind the debate over tenure policies for public school teachers in New York and California.
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have identified a new cheating method in MOOCs, and they suggest how to protect course certification.
The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, created with a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, will host a symposium to explore excellence and innovation in the field.
The Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching sponsored a daylong conference that united experts and scholars from the University and beyond to debate, discuss, and share ideas on innovative pedagogy.
A new study on the impact of school vouchers on college enrollments shows that the percentage of African-American students who enrolled part time or full time in college by 2011 was 24 percent higher for those who had won a school voucher lottery and used their voucher to attend a private school.
While seeking economic relief for the middle class during his State of the Union address, Obama formally proposes making community college tuition-free.
In this edition of EdCast, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Fernando Reimers gives insight into a curriculum designed to empower all citizens of the world through his new book, “Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course.”
Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, explained his vision for online learning during a GSE Askwith Forum.
Author William Deresiewicz answers questions about his controversial new critique of elite colleges and universities.
A conference on future universities suggested that building them successfully will require meeting campus needs, online connections, and community concerns.
HGSE researcher finds mixed results among students in Texas schools in the 1990s: Some did better, and others were worse off.
Harvard will host a conference for first-generation college students at Ivy League universities this weekend.
Harvard has joined the American Talent Initiative, a coalition of colleges and universities that seeks to attract, enroll, and graduate high-achieving, lower-income students.
Two top players in the field of higher education explored two almost polar approaches to learning during a discussion at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
More than a dozen high school teachers from around the area attended a workshop this week focused on the Cuban Missile Crisis, bringing new points of view to bear on high school students’ understanding of the event.
New book suggests that Advanced Placement teaching has expanded so much that it now serves many students who can’t handle the rigors of its coursework.
A new initiative headed by a Harvard scholar aims to transform the way teachers improve their performance, and to overhaul the nation’s public schools in the process.
Students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education convened last week to examine how to address some of the world’s educational challenges.
From the $40 million Hauser gift to support teaching and learning initiatives to the recent announcement of the global online platform edX, Harvard tackled the future of higher education head-on in 2011-12. As the University’s 375th anniversary draws to a close, the Gazette asked some prescient professors: “What’s the one big idea that will transform teaching and learning before Harvard celebrates its 400th?”
“The biggest factor in determining how much students learn isn’t class size or standardized testing, but the quality of their teachers,” said Atul Gawande in a Harvard Graduate School of Education talk on ways teaching can be improved through coaching.
After months of construction, a “video capture studio” is near completion at Widener Library as part of Harvard’s commitment to exploring, innovating, experimenting, and leading change in how faculty members teach and students learn.
The results of the latest program for international student assessment tests have been released, and there is both good news and bad news to report for U.S. students.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today released a series of working papers based on 17 online courses offered on the edX platform. Run in 2012 and 2013, the courses drew upon diverse topics — from ancient Greek poetry to electromagnetism — and an array of disciplines, including public health, engineering, and law.
A new analysis of four blended-format courses taught last fall offers practical guidance for faculty members interested in fresh pedagogical approaches. The pilot study led by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning placed a premium on person-to-person interaction, and found redundancies between in-class and online instruction.
A newly integrated HarvardX and HILT research effort will probe residential and online learning, and the places in between.
New book by Roberto Gonzales, an assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, says undocumented young adults are at risk of becoming a disenfranchised underclass.