Only 0.13 percent of education articles published in the field’s top 100 journals are replications, write Matthew Makel, a gifted-education research specialist at Duke University, and Jonathan Plucker, a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University. In psychology, by contrast, 1.07 percent of studies in the field’s top 100 journals are replications, a 2012 study found. Makel and Plucker searched the entire publication history of the top 100 education journals – ranked according to five-year impact factors — for the term replicat*. They found that 221 of 164,589 total articles replicated a previous study. Just 28.5 percent were direct replications rather than conceptual replications. (Only direct replications, which repeat an experiment’s procedure, can disconfirm or bolster a previous study. Conceptual replications, on the other hand, use different methods to test the same hypothesis.) What’s more, 48.2 percent of the replications were performed by the same research team that had produced the original study. Attempts to replicate an experiment failed more often if there was no author overlap. When the same authors who published the original study published a replication in the same journal, 88.7 percent of replications succeeded. (The figure dropped to 70.6 percent when the same authors published in a different journal.) By contrast, replications conducted by new authors succeeded 54 percent of the time.

Almost no education research is replicated, new article shows @insidehighered

The program at Purdue resembles the one at UC Davis that debuted at the beginning of the year, but with a twist: Amazon is also actually going to be staffing on-campus ‘store’ type locations, reserved for pick-up and drop-off of orders made through the Amazon Purdue store. Purdue students will also get more benefits as the year progresses, as they’ll get free one-day shipping on Purdue textbooks shipped to the campus area as of early next year, and also on items beyond textbooks when they’re shipped to the staffed pickup locations directly. Overall, the goal from Purdue’s perspective is to save students up to 30 percent on their current textbook costs. The university found that students were spending over $1,200 a year on books alone, which amounts to 12 percent of Purdue’s tuition for in-state students. Amazon also offers rental options, digital formats, used book sales and what the University anticipates will be a higher buyback rate for old textbooks.

Amazon Continues Its Higher Ed Book Sales March At Purdue, Offers Staffed On-Campus Pickup | TechCrunch

Many people think that because they can’t understand what their math teacher is telling them, it means they can’t understand math. What about the possibility that your teacher doesn’t understand math? Some people are inspired to a life-long love of math by a great math teacher; others are inspired to a life-long hatred of math by an awful math teacher. If you are unlucky enough to have an awful math teacher, don’t blame math for your teacher’s failings.

How to turn every child into a “math person” - Quartz

O'Bannon judge rules NCAA violates antitrust law

A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA’s rules prohibiting athletes from being paid for use of their names, images and likeness violate antitrust law because they “unreasonably restrain trade.” The ruling in the five-year case of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit allows for trust funds to be established for athletes to share in licensing revenue.

In a 99-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken issued an injunction that will prevent the NCAA “from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.” Wilken said the injunction will not prevent the NCAA from implementing rules capping the amount of money that may be paid to college athletes while they are enrolled in school, but the NCAA will not be allowed to set the cap below the cost of attendance.

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Princeton Is Proposing to End Limit on Giving A’s

Princeton University may soon end the policy that limited the number of students who received A’s for their course marks, an approach designed to thwart grade inflation but one that many students cited as the worst part of their Princeton experience.

The current guidelines seek to limit A-range grades to at most 35 percent of the students in each course. The new approach, which the university president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, endorsed in a memorandum on Thursday, would instead encourage individual academic departments to set their own grading standards.

If adopted by the faculty in the fall term, the approach would represent a major shift for the university, which drew widespread attention in 2004 when it first sought to cap grades. At the time, close to 50 percent of Princeton students were getting A-range grades in their classes. The university hoped that other colleges would follow its lead.

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If the Obama administration’s plan to tie federal student aid to performance ever becomes law, private liberal arts colleges may also have to deal with the consequences of policies that leave them at a disadvantage. New College is one of three public institutions in Florida that didn’t meet state standards. Those institutions all lost funding compared to the previous year and missed out on getting new money from a $100 million pot to reward colleges. Part of the problem at New College is that its students’ successes – including getting into prestigious graduate programs in other countries or taking jobs outside Florida – are counted against the college.

One liberal arts college loses money after its state adopts a performance funding model @insidehighered

Students were about 14% less likely to get an A in departments that had to change their grade distribution to fit the new cap. Before the policy, nearly 30% of students in those departments received As. Students were 17% more likely to get Bs, though relatively few received grades below C minuses.

The number of students graduating summa cum laude (the highest honor available) wasn’t significantly affected. Fewer graduated magna cum laude (the next highest honor), which is consistent with having fewer students clustered in the A grade range in a few specific majors.

Student ratings of professors in affected departments went down slightly. The policy exacerbated existing racial gaps in student grades in affected departments. Black and Latino students, who tended to get lower grades before the policy, saw larger negative effects on their grades.

What happens when an elite American university kills grade inflation - Quartz

People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning “modules” rather than lock into 12-week university courses?

Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges aren’t monasteries. They can’t give their students spiritual sustenance; they can’t provide an escape from modernity. And they shouldn’t be faulted, or punished, for that.

Joshua Rothman on why the “crisis in higher education” is really the crisis of modernity: http://nyr.kr/1qSgRAe (via newyorker)

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Although there have been some attempts to teach students “critical thinking skills” with respect to the Web, too often these programs adopt a sanctimonious tone, with all the rebellious appeal of extra-credit study hall. The history of anti-smoking campaigns offers a potentially more effective alternative. Granted, clicking a link or posting a status update won’t give teenagers lung cancer. But the undisciplined use of technology can waste their time, fragment their focus, and interfere with their learning. Just like their health, young people’s attention is a precious resource, and they should be empowered to resist the companies that would squander it.

Anti-smoking campaigns and educating teens about the Internet.