Kent State’s SOLE Center to Host Summit on Learning and Education

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Kent State University’s Science of Learning and Education (SOLE) Center will host “Improving Student Achievement: A Summit on Learning and Education” at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in Kent, Ohio, on Oct. 9-10. Researchers from across the country (and one from Australia) in the fields of cognitive and educational psychology will present their cutting-edge work on evidence-based approaches to improving student achievement.

The summit kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 9, with a reception at 5:45 p.m., followed by a keynote address by Mark McDaniel, professor of psychology at Washington University, titled “Improving Instructional Effectiveness and Equipping Students to Learn Smarter: Evidence-based Approaches.” The summit is free to attend, but registration is encouraged at www.kent.edu/sole/registration

McDaniel is the principal investigator in the Memory and Complex Learning Laboratory and the director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He conducts research on human learning and memory, and his work encompasses several areas relevant to cognitive theory and its application: prospective memory, encoding processes in enhancing memory, retrieval processes and their mnemonic effects, and concept learning.

“We’re delighted to have such an accomplished group of cognitive and educational psychologists speaking at the summit,” said John Dunlosky, Ph.D., professor of psychology and SOLE Center director at Kent State. “Mark McDaniel’s keynote will focus on easy-to-use techniques that students and teachers can use to improve learning, and the talks on Friday include cutting-edge research about many aspects of student achievement.” 

Topics covered during the summit will include correcting student errors and misconceptions, self-regulated learning, teaching writing skills, math education, representational change in childhood and more. The full schedule of presentations on Friday, Oct. 10, can be found at www.kent.edu/sole/education-summit

The summit is supported by Kent State’s Department of Psychological Sciences and the SOLE Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, Health and Human Services.

The SOLE Center at Kent State fosters evidence-based reform of STEM education, health education and literacy, and language learning to improve achievement and retention for Kent State students and for K-12 students in the surrounding community. For more information about Kent State’s SOLE Center, visit www.kent.edu/sole.

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