“I want to focus on helping others in the real world”: The challenges of research methods learning in psychology

[By Kieran Balloo] Research methods is a challenging topic to teach to undergraduate psychology students. Firstly, it’s a difficult topic, so few students seem to breeze through it. Secondly, it is arguably further removed from psychology than other areas, such as developmental and social psychology. Research methods underpin what we do in psychology, rather than necessarily being an area of psychology in and of itself. This tends to confuse some students; they wonder why they are learning it when they chose psychology to ‘help people’. Finally, research methods includes numbers and everyone hates numbers (apparently). It is this last point Read More …

Just Throwing It Out There: How Hedging and Joking Can Make Space for Sensemaking in Science Classrooms

Luke Conlin [This blog post relates to a piece recently published online, accessible here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07370008.2018.1496918] On the first day of your first physics class in college, you sit down with three strangers.  You feel uneasy with physics; it is something you hope to get through but do not dare to hope to excel at.  You are expecting math – hard math – and you feel self-conscious about your algebra skills.  You open the book and the first question asks you “(a) What do you think are the benefits of discussing your mistakes in physics? (b) Discuss your answer with your group.” Read More …

Making Meaning of Scholarly Work: Author Blog Posts

We would like to announce the opportunity for authors to promote and share their publications in Cognition and Instruction to a wider audience through this Blog. Look out for upcoming posts from authors past and future sharing behind the scene stories behind their manuscripts, the ways they hope their research is taken up in informal and formal learning environments, and updates to the vintage C&I pieces you’ve come to love. First post from Dr. Jasmine Y. Ma framing how her recent publication Multi-Party, Whole-Body Interactions in Mathematical Activity came out of the question of: “what might happen if we think of learners’ Read More …

Our New C&I Blog!

Welcome to our new C&I website and blog, a space that our new editorial team hopes to make the center of more ongoing and vibrant discourse around the topics of relevance to our scholarly community. We plan to include multimedia add-ons to articles, and more text-based commentaries. Please connect with our editorial assistant via email if you have any ideas for content or would like to submit to the blog.