December 21, 2012

Why Mediocre Students Think They're Awesome

Shankar Vedantam, NPR

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If you're a student at the halfway point of the academic year, and you've just taken stock of your performance, perhaps you have reason to feel proud of yourself.

But a recent study suggests some of the pride you feel at having done well — especially in science — may be unfounded. Or at least your sense of your performance may not be a very accurate picture of how good you actually are.

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TAGGED: science education, self-esteem, education


December 20, 2012
Does Education Decrease Religious Belief?
Tomas Rees, Field of Science
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December 14, 2012
Re-Thinking How Colleges Teach Critical Thinking
Scott Johnson, SciAm
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December 10, 2012
How Education Hijacked Brain Research
Max Coltheart, The Conversation
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