New Study: Those Expecting to Teach Learn Better

Its conventional wisdom that the best way to learn something is to teach it, but a new study suggests that the mere expectation of teaching may be enough to boost learning significantly.

The study (full text here), which was recently published in the journal Memory & Cognition, is based on a set of experiments in which university students were asked to read and recall key ideas and details from two relatively length text passages. Participants in one group of students were told that they would be tested on the passages while participants in a second group were told they would be required to teach the passage to another student.

In reality, both groups were tested, but participants in the group expecting to teach were able to answer many more questions about the passages, particularly questions having to do with major ideas. According to lead author John Nestojko, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, when compared to learners expecting a test, learners expecting to teach recalled more material correctly, they organized their recall more effectively and they had better memory for especially important information. (

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MTSU Offering Incentives to Students

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MTSU Offering Incentives to Students

Middle Tennessee State University will supplement by $1,000 the Hope Lottery Scholarships of incoming students who stay on track to graduate in four years – and pay a Finish Line Scholarship to graduating seniors that will return any tuition increases over that span.

Both initiatives, which apply to students entering the university in fall 2015, are part of the MTSU Student Success Advantage, which President Sidney A. McPhee announced in Chattanooga Wednesday on the first leg of the six-city True Blue Tour.

This effort is part of MTSU’s overall “Quest for Student Success” initiative, a series of reforms launched last year to boost graduation and retention rates through changes such as course redesigns, enhanced advising and new student data tracking software.

“The Student Success Advantage is an agreement between the university and our students: If you maintain a steady pace to graduation in four years, we’ll help you along the way,” McPhee said.

Under the plan, MTSU will pay $500 to students receiving the Hope scholarship after each of their first two years. Students must rem

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Going Global: Manufacturing Spreads To More And Different Countries

Retailers have traditionally turned to outsourcing to factories in foreign countries as a cost-effective way to save money on parts and labor. In the wake of the Great Recession that hit in 2008, many companies have been more creative in seeking out additional markets to explore for their manufacturing needs, and this may have a significant impact on how corporate executives approach the management of such operations.

Why outsource?

Perhaps not surprisingly, Daily Finance reported that Americans are not indifferent to all those made in China labels, but would actually much rather buy goods that were manufactured domestically. In fact, data indicated that 46 percent of Americans would actually be willing to pay more for homegrown goods, not just for economic reasons but also because they tend to be associated with higher quality.

However, the reality is that these attitudes arent reflected in manufacturers ledgers. Especially since 2008 when the economy hit a massive speed bump, many U.S.-based companies simply have not found it worth it to pay the premiums on U.S. labor. The Congressional Research Service published a report stating that as of 2010, the U.S.

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Student debt pushing some retirees toward poverty

Rosemary Anderson, from Watsonville, California, took out two student loans in her thirties when she earned her bachelors degree, and her masters, totalling $64,000. She has worked at least one job most of her life, in addition to raising her two children.

But after health complications from lupus, and expenses from a divorce, Anderson, 57, fell behind on her payments eight years ago. With compound interest, the loans have ballooned to $126,000. With payments of $526 a month, she will be 81, she estimates, when she pays it down.

Much has been made of young people feeling the crush of student debt in a slow economy, but a new report from the Government Accountability Office says that more seniors are carrying student debt than ever before.

Federal student debt among Americans 65 and older increased sixfold since 2005, reaching $18.2 billion last year, according to the report.

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Walk Riverside Research Results Reviewed

Walk Riverside is a research project of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development aimed at making two Riverside neighborhoods less reliant on cars for shopping and other activities.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside researchers will present results from walkability surveys and traffic analyses in Riverside’s Arlington and Ramona neighborhoods and solicit feedback from residents at a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Public Library, 9556 Magnolia Ave.

Walk Riverside is a research project of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) aimed at making the two neighborhoods less reliant on cars for shopping and other activities. The center received $227,000 of a $250,000, two-year grant the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded the Riverside County Transportation Commission in 2013. Juliann Allison, associate professor of political science, CSSD associate director and principal investigator for the center’s portion of the project.

UC Riverside researchers have been working with the transportation commission, the city of Riverside and the Riverside County Department of Public Health to produce walkability plans for the Arlington and Ramona neighborhoods.

Walkability plans follow the concept of new urbanism, a form of development that improves public health through planning and urban design by integrating shopping and housing in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Increasin

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