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Most viewed research stories from Stanford GSE in 2017

December 19, 2017
By Brooke Donald
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A selection of the GSE's most viewed research stories of 2017

Scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education delved into many issues in education this year, from research on inequality to examinations of how we learn. Below are the most viewed news stories about research from the Stanford GSE in 2017, based on Google analytics. The list, arranged chronologically, includes topics in sociology, technology, equity, history and more. If you didn't get a chance to read them the first time around, here's another look:


How to let go of your New Year’s resolutions — and everything you think they say about you

Stanford education scholars share research-based ideas for staying motivated, building perseverance and sparking creativity in the new year.

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Ready or not? Stanford researchers weigh in on kindergarten preparedness

GSE faculty explore ways to help students take on the challenges of the kindergarten classroom.

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Evidence fails to show that school vouchers improve student achievement

A new report by GSE Professor Martin Carnoy says vouchers distract from other policies that could yield higher returns.

A history of high school English, told through 100 years of exams

Stanford education professor says standardized tests emphasize skills that teach students to be “critics” rather than lifelong book lovers.

Self-affirmation plays a role in academic success for minority students

African American and Latino students who completed self-affirming exercises took more challenging courses and were more likely to enroll in college.

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Stanford professors examine higher education against innovative Bay Area landscape

In a new book, Profs. Michael Kirst and Dick Scott find that higher education has fallen behind the needs of the ever-changing region.

Skipped classes add up — more than it seems

New study finds that middle- and high-school students miss more classes due to part-day absences than full days out.

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Stanford scholars observe 'experts' to see how they evaluate the credibility of information online

A new report finds that fact checkers read less but learn more — far outpacing historians and top college students.

High-stakes exams can put female students at a disadvantage

A new study suggests that women are more heavily influenced than men by test anxiety, and points to ways to help close the gender gap.

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Researchers show how primary school textbooks have been used to influence Afghanistan’s youngest citizens

Stanford research finds portrayal of Afghan women and girls in primary school textbooks varies based on ruling powers.

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Students’ early test scores do not predict academic growth over time, Stanford research finds

A new analysis of data from all public school districts in the United States indicates that poverty does not determine the effectiveness of a school.