Congratulations to Dr Edith Bouton, who wrote an excellent dissertation on new methods for measuring academically productive dialogue in classrooms! This year she presented parts of her dissertation at ICLS 2023 (for which she recieved a best student paper nomination!) , and at the annual School of Ed conference
Very proud and happy to announce that PhD students Meirav Levin and Dina Jonas are the new recipients of the prestigeous, 3-year long Zalman Aran scholarship for outstanding PhD students awarded by the Ministry of Education Chief Scientist's office. Meirav's PhD focuses on teacher learning of and about academically productive clasroom dialogue. Dina's PhD focused on low achieving children in elementary school classroom discussion activities.
Our paper on detecting suicide risk from Facebook posts with deep neural networks was published today in Scientific Reports and can be downloaded here. A news report on our study was published on October 20 here
Our work on actual and inflated depression rates among Amazon's Mechanical Turk workers was featured in the May/June issue of the Observer, published by the Association of Psychological Science (APS). Here is a link to the feature titled "MTurk workers are more depressed - but bots and demographics inflate the data"
Unfortunately, I will not be able to give my keynote presentation on Conceptual change and social interaction at the 12th International European Association for Research on Learning & Instruction (EARLI) Conference on Conceptual Change (SIG3). The entire conference which was planned for 24-26/6/2020 in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemia travel and meeting restrictions.
On January 14 2020, I presented our work on "Productive pedagogical discourse for teacher learning in professional learning communities" in a keynote talk at the I Congreso Internacional de Argumentación, Aprendizaje y Educación, at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile. The 2-day conference was organized by Prof. Antonia Larrain, and included presentations on argumentation, diaogue and learning from Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the UK and Israel. The talk has been made available on Youtube here
Data collection from online platforms, such as Mechanical Turk (MTurk), has become popular in clinical research. However, there are also concerns about the representativeness and the quality of this data for clinical studies. In a recent study (in press for Clinical Psychological Science), we explored these issues in the specific case of major depression. Read more about Artificially inflated depression rates in MTurk