“Mr. Karpicke, of Purdue, agrees that scholars should be sensitive to real-world complexities. ”
Seriously, this is for all Thinking Parents, not just to pick on Purdue but on all college professors, so lofty in their scholarly certainty about what students (literally, studiers) should be doing and how they should be doing it . . .if the masters don’t really know, is College just some elaborate professional hazing ritual, some sort of scholastic alchemy?
Mr. Daniel points to a disheartening 2004 study that found that some features of contemporary textbooks — prominent subject headings, questions and outlines at the beginning of chapters, and so on — actually seem to hinder some students’ learning, because students read only the bells and whistles and skip the main text.
Many of those textbook features were based on scientific studies of learning — but putting them into real-world practice may have backfired, at least for some students.