Research & Forecasts


Crafting a National Research Agenda

At a recent meeting convened by the Jefferson Education Exchange, associations determined that more work is needed to make educators aware of the federal Institute of Education Sciences research.

Teachers Urged to Instill Assignments with 'Choice and Relevancy'

A new report from the Education Trust looks at the role of two "powerful levers" — choice and relevancy — in motivating and engaging students.

Report: Teaching Future Principals Should Cover More Real-World Demands

An education research project examined an ongoing principal preparation improvement program and found that participating universities have changed their instruction and curriculum to put a greater emphasis on the real-world demands of the job over theory and emphasize more field experience.

How Educators Utilize Research

Preliminary findings from a survey of educators shows teachers are most interested in following trends in technology and trauma and mental health.

Meta-Analysis: Class Size Doesn't Really Matter

A survey of research on the impact of small class sizes found evidence that "suggests at best a small effect on reading achievement" and "a negative, but statistically insignificant, effect on mathematics."

Student Knapsacks Place Excessive Weight on Spines

A team of medical experts and researchers in New York state's Hudson Valley have put their names on a research paper detailing the impact on the spine of carrying backpacks.

Augmenting Learning Through Technology Use

A new report finds technology is becoming more prevalent in everyday learning activities, but the majority of classrooms worldwide are creating blended learning environments.

Research: Apple, Samsung Reign in Shrinking Tablet Market

While Apple still dominates the tablet market, sales of all such devices have fallen worldwide, according to market data from International Data Corp.

Report: Collection of Ed Data Useful but Challenging

The burgeoning collection of data in education poses "infrastructure challenges" related to creation and storage that reduce the usefulness of data and presents "data privacy implications" that haven't been resolved, even with the current crop of regulations.

Detailed Picture of 'Inequality of Opportunity' Emerges

Where kids grow up has a big impact on how well they'll do as adults. While that may sound obvious, a new program that brings together economists from Harvard University and Brown University and researchers from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that kids who grow up in the same community just miles apart end up with very different futures.

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