The Hawthorne Effect in Educational Research

SimBiotic President Eli MeirIn the 1920s at the Hawthorne Works factory outside Chicago, some engineers did a series of productivity experiments with the factory workers.

You Get What You Pay For

As I wrote about previously, I recently returned from a conference on changing the way biology is taught in U.S. colleges and universities.

Variety as the Spice of Education

SimBiotic President Eli MeirIn mid-July, NSF sponsored a conference called Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. They invited several hundred people involved in college biology education to plot out ways of improving biology teaching over the coming decades. There is a bit of hubris in doing this.

Keeping “Discovery” Standard in Informal Science Education

Joel Abraham

Earlier this year, an NPR series "Museums in the 21st Century" highlighted an interesting consequence of the increased focus on state standards in education. As is the case with many supplementary educational experiences, school-based visitation to museums has declined since implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).