Being at the Top of the Class Fosters Conscientiousness

Relative comparison is a relevant phenomenon throughout the life course and in different environments—we are often thinking about how we

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Student Loans—Extra Cash per Semester Doesn’t Translate to Better Results

Student loans balances exceed 1.6 trillion dollars, and the amount keeps growing. Why do students borrow, and when they borrow,

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How Do Peers Impact Learning—Virtual Edition?

As education has moved increasingly online, it’s important to understand how peers can help one another learn in virtual settings.

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Changing Teacher Pension Plans Is a Challenge, Especially if You Want High-Quality Teachers

Nationally, employer costs for public teacher pensions have increased from $530, or 4.8 percent of per-pupil operating expenditures in 2004,

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Traditional Financial Aid Packages May Be Less Helpful for Older, Working Adults

Although college enrollment increased significantly over the last few decades, fewer than half of all adults have earned a postsecondary

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How Do Health Shocks Impact Labor Supply? Gender Matters

In the developing world missing work due to illness often means poor families struggle. Since few jobs offer paid sick

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Better Educator Incentives Can Improve Primary School Completion

Primary school completion rates remain low, and educator accountability remains weak in many low-income countries. The accountability pressures that do

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How Do “High-Stakes” Grades Affect Student Behavior?

Grades, including evaluations by teachers, standardized test scores, and exam results, can affect student behavior for at least three reasons.

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When Your New School Comes with an Extra Challenge: Traffic Pollution

More than 6.4 million children attend public school within 250 meters of a major roadway, and nearly one in five

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Do Children Learn Better in Mixed-Age Classrooms?

Multigrading, the practice of mixing children of different ages in the same classroom, occurs in about one-third of school classes

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