In an era of education reform, what do we know about how to improve children’s learning? Research shows that certain forms of instruction in core academic disciplines produce changes in attention and reasoning skills that can be long-lasting and transfer to other content areas years later. Speakers at this educational event described several lines of research that demonstrate how such learning occurs.
Dr. Lauren Resnick focused on structured classroom discussion practices that foster higher-order reasoning skills without sacrificing mastery of important content knowledge. Dr. Bruce McCandliss described research demonstrating how the brain changes as young children gain new cognitive abilities in reading and math. Both speakers highlighted the nature of educational processes that are critical in driving the changes in learning and implications for research and practice. A conversation, led by Dr. Carl Wieman, followed the brief presentations by the speakers.