Collectively, we’re a group of educators and learning scientists who care about the design and application of educational research to improve learning. Our areas of specialization include STEM (science / technology / engineering / mathematics) education, curriculum design, educational technology, and professional development.
We started this blog out of our desire to increase public awareness and understanding of key research findings relevant to teaching and learning, so that people can make better decisions about issues that affect them—whether for voting on national or local policy, evaluating the learning environments they choose, adjusting their own teaching or parenting practices, or becoming more metacognitively aware as learners themselves.
Although none of our posts are intended as formal works of scholarship, some may include more research citations, while others will be more informal reflections. We look forward to reading your contributions to the dialogue.
InformingLearning (“Ming Ling”)
I’m an educator and researcher (trained as a cognitive scientist) who is passionate about understanding and improving how people learn. In my professional and personal lives, I seek to integrate research on learning with real-life practices that actually make a difference in how learning happens.
I’m a trained cognitive scientist and education researcher currently working for an education non-profit. In my job, I translate findings from education research into classroom practice and observe and evaluate the results. I also help non-scientists understand what we can and cannot conclude from different data sets. I hope that increased awareness of quality research will improve the discourse and policymaking in education.