Recently, research was conducted at Columbia University’s Teachers College investigating student learning success in science. What they found was that learning about the struggles of famous scientists may help students succeed in science.
“Investigators divided 402 students (9th and 10th graders) from low-income areas into three groups. The control group read an 800-word typical science textbook description about the great accomplishments of such famous scientists as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Another group read about those scientists’ personal struggles, including Einstein’s flight from Nazi Germany to avoid persecution as a Jew. The third group read about the scientists’ intellectual struggles, such as Curie’s persistence despite failed experiments. At the end of a six-week grading period, students who learned about scientists’ struggles, of either type, had significantly improved their science grades, with low-achievers benefiting the most.”
Wow, amazing right?
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