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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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The Book Question: Surprises and Meanings

by Sophie Blumert What do Dr. Seuss, Harper Lee, and Plato have in common? These authors, though wildly different from each other, were most frequently mentioned when we asked participants to recommend books and to explain their choice. The answers yielded some of the most varied—and confusing—data from every constituency group in our study. While […]

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Gardner Interviewed on “Changing Minds”

In 2004, Howard Gardner published his book Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds. This book explored the nature of what it means to change someone’s thinking and how the process of thought-change functions. Our own era of political partisanship and strongly divided opinions makes it seem as […]

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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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