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Educational Psychology and the Return of the Hong Lorns

Highlights of Richard Mayer’s article, “What Good is Education Psychology? The Case of Cognition and Instruction” included interesting studies on phonological awareness, applied mathematics, and reading comprehension. The important studies appear after Mayer’s claim of the overlooked primacy of educational research. Mayer’s article reassured me that connection, application, and repetition are necessary in instruction. But who drives instruction?

Mayer neglected to reference teachers’ vital importance in the challenging 180-day matrix of students, parents, administration, and administrivia (84).  

If we render the article text via a word cloud, “Teaching” receives as much prominence as the words, “short” and “France.” The word “Teacher” is not significantly represented at all. I’m sure the slight is unintentional, since Mayer is a substantial contributor to the field.

mayer word cloud

Reading this article transported me to Buc’s grill in Fredericksburg, Texas where last Monday, I watched the Alamo Bowl featuring The University of Texas Long Horns and a team from Oregon. The over fire-code capacity crowd’s raucousness forced TV’s to display closed captioning play-by-play.

At one point, the closed caption scrawl read “Hong  Lorns take possession.”

Upon reading the misplaced letters, the Phi Beta Kappas in the crowd exploded. Their objection rippled through all academic levels of supporters. The misplacement of an “H” and an “L” received final kinesthetic disapproval with French fries flung toward TV screens.

Mayer’s perception of the state of educational psychology reminds me of the flying fries and “Hong Lorns.” Mayer misplaced the value of educational psychology’s contribution in his preoccupation with its lack of noteworthy respect at the expense of valuable studies and teacher recognition, just like the switched letters “H” and “L” in “Hong Lorns” at last week’s Alamo Bowl. Better not to bury the lead of the empirical study contributions in the field and misplace the emphasis on teaching and learning.

Mayer, R. E. (2001). What good is educational psychology? The case of cognition and instruction. Educational Psychologist, 36(2), 83-88.



AERA Grants Program accepting proposals

AERALogoThe AERA Grants Program is accepting proposals for Dissertation and Research Grants, with a deadline of Friday, January 24, 2014. Now in its 23rd year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. In addition, the AERA is also accepting applications for the Institute on Statistical Analysis: Causal Analysis Using International Data, with a deadline of Monday, February 10, 2014. The focus of the 2014 Institute will be centered on issues of causal inference and the methodologies available to support causal inferences using data from TIMSS and PISA. Please help us in disseminating information widely to colleagues who may be interested.”

For further information about AERA and the Grants Program, visit the AERA Grants Program website at http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/. You may also contact Kevin Dieterle, AERA Grants Program Manager, at grantsprogram@aera.net

Note: This information first seen in a post from Dr. Crystal Jensen at Integrity Technologies, http://www.linkedin.com/company/integrity-technologies-org

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