I recently came across a quick PD I did for some fellow teachers. In it I cited this podcast episode that I thought every teacher should listen to. It is very interesting to hear about education research and how it is siloed away from actual teaching and learning. I guess more than that is seems like there is an active push from educators to avoid what education research is saying.
I put the exact times of the Podcast below and a quick summary of what was said.
Time: 18:30 - 22:10
I asked the teachers college down the street basically thought about his work. And he said he didn’t know anybody there. It occurred to me that the people who are training teachers are completely siloed form the people who are studying learning,. David Epstein:
I feel like he (Bob Bjork) has made a lot of effort to reach the educational community and for some reason he just gets rejected.
It has been interesting to us in the cognitive world to sort of watch the attempts that have been made from cognitive neuroscientist to get this information to educators and educators to be much more reluctant to accept it.
Robert Allen Bjork (Ph.D., Stanford University; B.A., Minnesota) (born 1939) is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on human learning and memory and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He is the creator of the directed forgetting paradigm.
Indre Viskontas is a Lithuanian-Canadian neuroscientist and operatic soprano. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience and a M.M. in opera. She is a Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco and serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is also the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera.
David Epstein is an investigative reporter at ProPublica. He is the author of two books: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (2019); and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (2013).