Want to be smarter? Take a test?

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Read the piece in the NY Times below elucidating research conducted by researchers at Purdue University regarding the role of test taking in moving information from short to long term memory.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/science/21memory.html?_r=0

While reading the piece, and at the conclusion of reading, consider the following:

  1. What are the strengths of the researcher’s methodology?
  2. What are the weaknesses of the researcher’s methodology?
  3. Can you think of why these results could have occurred?  How would you explain the results?
  4. Does this mean we (teachers) should test you (students) more frequently? What are some possible implications for these findings?