The Science Of Smart

Airs Saturday, August 23 at 6am on 93.9 FM and 2pm on AM 820; Airs Sunday, August 24 at 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. On this episode of American RadioWorks: a look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. 

Over the next month, American RadioWorks will explore the changing face of education in the United States. "The Science Of Smart" is part of a new four-part series from the acclaimed documentary unit of American Public Media. Meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And hear from the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

We'll head to Toronto to meet one of the world's leading experts on bilingualism and the brain. Then it's on to Utah where schoolchildren are learning to speak Chinese in a statewide effort to boost overall school success. Next: UCLA researchers explain how looking at motor skills affects how we learn and remember. The American RadioWorks crew wraps up in Georgia, tagging along with a medical student who is using brain research to change how he studies -- and changing his Ds into As in the process.

Airs Saturday, August 23 at 6am on 93.9 FM and 2pm on AM 820; Airs Sunday, August 24 at 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820



Comments [5]

Chris Cousineau from United States

I'm a little offended by the comments about why these techniques don't appear in public schools. As teacher, I have little say in my PD, and I have been calling for more brain research, like this, to be brought to me. It is my job as a teacher to take theory and make it practice for me and useful for my students, whether that be the curriculum I'm teaching or the methods I'm using. However, I never get to this unless I listen to NPR, TED Talks, or what-have-you. My PD is usually based on observations some Ed major made in classrooms somewhere and is handed to me as "design your lessons this way" or, more recently, "why teach whole books?" If you could correct the ending to be about the real problem: the institution of education, then it my hit a closer to home where it needs to. Teachers already understand why they aren't changing their methods: until they hear something like this, there's no reason to.

Oct. 24 2014 03:02 PM

Very interesting. I have to wonder if these kids are progressing faster because their brains are working double time thinking in two languages at once, or is it simply that they're being encouraged and pushed to learn more. 9 months is not that great a gap for reasonably sharp kids with the proper academic environment.

Aug. 30 2014 10:27 AM

I found the transcript here,

Aug. 25 2014 02:35 PM
Jennifer from Alabama

Me, too! Where can I get the transcript to share with my colleagues? Or can I download the podcast?

Aug. 23 2014 04:23 PM
jane knoc from Ridgefield, Ct.

How do I get a transcript of today's show? (8/23/14) I found the approach to studying fascinating.

Thank you.

Jane Knox

Aug. 23 2014 08:30 AM

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