Discuss - Writing brief paragraph on important values improves academic achievement over subsequent yearBack
|(#1) By Checkers on Mon 02/27/2012 12:41 pm CST (1 year ago)|
There's kind of a "self-replication" here: Cohen, G. L., Garcia, J., Purdie-Vaugns, V., Apfel, N., & Brzustoski, P. (2009). Recursive processes in self-affirmation: Intervening to close the minority achievement gap. Science, 324, 400-403.
|(#2) By dcokeman on Sun 05/06/2012 07:29 am CDT (1 year ago)|
If the paragraph can also dramatically improve math, reading, and writing skills, average IQ, give two parents, and create a complete change in behavior, values, and attitude, then anyone dealing with people who willingly choose to fail should just assign a paragraph (well, probably a writing assignment, as most of these students probably can't write a paragraph, but calling the exercise a paragraph provides a nice summation of the activity).
|(#3) By MattM on Sat 09/08/2012 07:29 pm CDT (8 months ago)|
|Failure to Replicate?|
Although cited in the review article by Logel et al. (Educ Psychol, 47(1), 42-50, 2012) as the only replication of the Cohen study by an independent group, on closer reading the study by Woolf et al. (BMC Medical Education 2009, 9:35) seems far from a straightforward replication. In a sample of UK medical students randomly assigned to a self-afirmation or control group, Woolf et al. reported a significant ethnicity by intervention interaction effect on a test of medical knowldege, consistent with the Cohen study. However, the interaction owes entirely to lower performace of the white intervention versus control group (there was no intervention effect on the ethnic minority sample), hardly what is expected based on the Cohen study. I suppose one lesson learned is that one cannot depend on characterization of replication studies in review articles. I am unfortunately unaware of independent replications, which of course would be quite important.