And Other Skeptical Questions About Education

Stuart Ritchie

Monday, September 16 2013 at 7:00PM

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Stuart Ritchie

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As if teachers didn’t have a hard enough job, they’re beset on all sides by peddlers of pseudo-scientific interventions and theorists with political agendas.


In this talk, Stuart Ritchie, a PhD Psychology student at The University of Edinburgh, attempts to set out the science behind many controversial questions surrounding education, including:


• Does going to school make you smarter?

• Are there multiple ‘styles’ of learning?

• How does the education system affect social mobility?

• What can emerging sciences like neuroscience and genetics offer education?

• Does class size or teacher quality matter for educational achievement?    


Stuart is a PhD Psychology student in the Psychology Department at The University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on two questions: (a) which educational interventions improve learning, and which don’t work?, and (b) what are the effects of education, anyway? he also has secondary interests in other areas, like the psychology of religion and the paranormal.