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The Power, Pitfalls, and Practice of Online Higher Education

by Christina Smiraglia Colleges have debated and experimented with online education for more than a decade, but digital approaches have recently come to the fore given the necessary physical distancing   measures in place across much of the U.S. – and other countries – in the wake of COVID-19. In our national study of American higher […]

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“If You Were the Czar…”: Answers from College Stakeholders

by Christina Smiraglia If you were the czar—a figure with absolute power—what changes would you make to your college’s academic program?  This weighty question was a standard part of the interview protocol for the approximately 2000 participants—first-year and graduating students, faculty, administrators, parents, and alumni—in our study of American higher education. Some immediately said that […]

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Does Debunking Ever Get Out of Hand?

In a piece in The Washington Post, Howard Gardner comments on what he believes is a pervasive culture of debunking “neuromyths” that has run somewhat rampant. While acknowledging that skepticism and myth-busting is important, Gardner cautions against a rising debunking industry that relies too much on absolutist statements or on poking holes in otherwise meritorious […]

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It’s High Time for High Schools: Preparing Students for College and Beyond

by Wendy Fischman My Current Soapbox Nearly all American students go to high school, and about two thirds of them eventually go to college. Optimally, the transition to college should be smooth—students should be equipped with appropriate cognitive skills and content knowledge for higher education. Students also need a certain degree of maturity in order […]

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Intertwining “Multiple Intelligences” and “Good Work”

by Howard Gardner Close to forty years after I first began to write about the concept “Multiple Intelligences,” the topic still dominates my mailbox, with questions arising each day, often from scholars, researchers, or educators in remote corners of the world. And while nearly every question has been posed before, I try when possible to […]

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