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What the new education buzzwords actually mean

from The Atlantic

Education writing is famous for its alphabet soup of acronyms and obscure terms, but it could just as well be faulted for trafficking buzzwords in search of clear definitions. Ideas like grit, motivation, fitting in and learning from one's mistakes — often summarized as noncognitive factors — are just some of the concepts that are coming up more frequently these days. A new paper from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching provides definitions for many of these new terms, which arose in part because of the recent push by psychologists, economists and education experts to delve more deeply into what compels students to understand complex new material. more

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