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Stanford research shows how to improve students' critical thinking about scientific evidence

Physicists at Stanford and the University of British Columbia have found that encouraging students to repeatedly make decisions about data collected during introductory lab courses improves their critical thinking skills.

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Stanford students create apps to tackle learning challenges

Students in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at the Graduate School of Education analyze learning problems and then design solutions in yearlong master's projects.  

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Stanford neuroscience research identifies more effective way to teach abstract math concepts to children

A new study shows that students who use symmetry to learn about numbers tap into critical brain circuits.

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Stanford study on brain waves shows how different teaching methods affect reading development

Stanford Professor Bruce McCandliss found that beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading.

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Stanford scholars issue plan to reduce poverty

A new Stanford report describes how poverty can be permanently reduced in the Golden State. Billed as the Equal Opportunity Plan, this approach focuses on creating equal opportunities for children at the most critical points in their lives.

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Stanford researchers use diverse, global discussion groups to boost online learning experience for participants

New Talkabout video discussions designed by Stanford researchers can connect diverse groups of learners across the globe and improve class performance.

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Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand. "Grit" is also important for children and adults alike because, when facing challenges, setbacks are inevitable.

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Online 'mindset' interventions help students do better in school, Stanford research shows

Stanford researchers found that brief Internet-based interventions that instill a "growth mindset" and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach vast numbers of students at low cost.

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Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation

The "Week of Inspirational Math" curriculum will be available for free online. It includes videos and math tasks, and is aligned to the Common Core.

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Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers, Stanford research shows

Stanford psychologists Jennifer Eberhardt and Jason Okonofua experimentally examined the psychological processes involved when teachers discipline black students more harshly than white students.