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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

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. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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Project Interchange - $61,217.50 spent on 6 trips
38.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
61.1% spent on Republican Party

KIRK, MARK STEVEN - Republican Party
November 17, 2001 - November 25, 2001 (9 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel - Haifa, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - observe and study Israeli defense situation and meet with Israeli and Jordanian officials
Total Cost - $12,766.00

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - Educational seminars in Jordan & Israel
Total Cost - $6,461.75

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Total Cost - $12,564.50

STRICKLAND, TED - Democratic Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Total Cost - $6,467.75

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Total Cost - $12,051.50

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee
Purpose - Educational seminars and meeting in Jordan and Israel
Total Cost - $10,906.00

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

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. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it’s character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and Vocational Ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing College for a New Kind of Student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is School Funding Fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.