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From the Dean – Winter 2017

Feb. 13, 2017—A new year. Perhaps even a new era. During periods of intense change it never hurts to refocus one’s energies on the basics.

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Out of Reach?

Feb. 13, 2017—Tyler is a bright young student. He gets good grades and participates in extracurricular activities. He has a job at the home improvement store and has started saving his money. He has applied to a state college nearby and is accepted. He even qualifies for a scholarship. Sounds like Tyler’s going to college, right? Not necessarily.

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Awards and Achievements

Feb. 13, 2017—Sandra Barnes, professor of human and organizational development, was named assistant vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt, reporting to Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer George C. Hill. She continues teaching and conducting research as a faculty member at Peabody and the Divinity School. Erin Barton, PhD’07,...

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Virtual Mentors

Jan. 31, 2017—Twin sophomore special education majors Aaron and Nicholas Ainsworth are giving back to their hometown of San Bernardino, California, in a unique way.

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Generous at Heart

Jan. 31, 2017—Aimée Bell was one of the first students to major in HOD. In October she served as the Class of 1986 Reunion Weekend chair, helping her class surpassed its goal of raising $7 million during Reunion.

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Research News

Jan. 31, 2017—Self-explanations don’t always enhance math learning Prompting students to provide self-explanation as a learning tool when doing math may not be as effective as previously thought, according to a study by Bethany Rittle-Johnson, professor of psychology and human development, and graduate student Abbey M. Loehr. They found that in certain situations, self-explanation served to reinforce...

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Around the Mall

Jan. 31, 2017—Peabody researchers recognized at Fall Faculty Assembly Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos honored several Peabody faculty at the Fall Faculty Assembly for outstanding work. Ebony McGee, assistant professor of education, diversity and STEM education, was presented a new award for excellence in equity, diversity and inclusion research to recognize her work with William H. Robinson, associate...

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Rules of Engagement

Jan. 31, 2017—When parents read to their child, they are helping their child build a foundation for early language and literacy. But research at Peabody shows that children could be developing language and literacy skills at a significantly higher rate if parents tapped into a simple, powerful technique called dialogic questioning.

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A Chance to Shine

Jan. 31, 2017—For Bridgette Brown, a financial aid package without loans meant she could “accept her acceptance” to Vanderbilt—and at a cost less than her in-state option in Arkansas.

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Math Myths: Researchers debunk common misconceptions

Jan. 31, 2017—At Peabody, researchers are finding that there are many ways math is learned and are developing innovative new ways to teach it. They believe that math is not an unyielding discipline, accessible to only a select few. And, they would argue, math is fun.

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