Over the current decade, the growth rate in the 0-12 year age group will be negative. The implications of these demographic trends for human capital development [are significant]… it’s more important than ever that the human capital of children be developed as fully as possible if we are to raise the productivity of a future smaller labour force.
David Dodge, Human Capital, Early Childhood Development and Economic Growth: An Economist’s Perspective

Mark Prensky

The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell Us about Our Kids

Mon, 01/07/2008 - 13:56 -- admin

While many members of the scientific community have long held that the growing pains of adolescence are primarily psychological, Barbara Strauch highlights the physical nature of the transformation, offering parents and educators a new perspective on erratic teenage behavior.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Thu, 12/27/2007 - 14:45 -- admin

A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than twenty years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.

Students' View of Intelligence Can Help Grades

If you teach students that their intelligence can grow and increase, they do better in school says a 2007 study by psychologist Carol Dweck from Stanford University.

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[[http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2007/february7/dweck-020707.html| Read a brief report]] from the Stanford University news service on the implications of Carol Dweck’s research in this area.

View [[http://changelearning.trevortwining.com/books/mindset-new-psychology-success|Mindset: the New Psychology of Success]],Dweck’s book on the topic.

Students' View of Intelligence Can Help Grades: Carol Dweck Speaks

Thu, 12/27/2007 - 14:15 -- admin

A 2007 study by psychologist Carol Dweck from Stanford University shows that if you teach students that their intelligence can grow and increase, they do better in school.

This video captures a conversation between Stanford Report writer Lisa Trei and psychologist Carol Dweck about the ways in which people’s self-theories about intelligence have a profound influence on their motivation to learn.

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[[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7406521| Listen to an interview]] with study author psychologist Carol Dweck on the National Public Radio website.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?: Ken Robinson speaks

Thu, 12/20/2007 - 19:28 -- admin

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. The universality of his message is evidenced by its rampant popularity online. Watch it now.
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Education is Inside Out, Upside Down: John Abbott Speaks

Wed, 12/19/2007 - 18:33 -- admin

John Abbott speaks about how schools have it wrong.

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John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

The changelearning website project emerged from the collaboration of John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

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