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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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Podcasts are available in these topic areas: 

Behavioral Science


Social Science



Behavioral Science
When I'm 64
64_cover By 2030 there will be about 70 million people in the United States older than 64, nearly 22 percent of the population.  In anticipation to the societal change that are sure to follow, this podcast covers some of the findings from the report When I'm 64.
Early Childhood Development

There has been an explosion of knowledge in understanding the infant brain and in pinpointing factors that influence whether young children get off to a promising or a worrisome start. 


This podcast, based on the report From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, explores the conclusions and findings related to providing our Nation's youth with a positive future.

Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy

Teachers make a difference.  The success of any plan for improving educational outcomes depends on the teachers who carry it out and thus on the abilities of those attracted to the field and their preparation.  Yet there are many questions about how teachers are being prepared and how they ought to be prepared.  Yet, teacher preparation is often treated as an afterthought in discussion of improving the public education system. 


This podcast, based on the report Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy, provides and overview of the teacher preparation landscape and identifies the need for a data collection model to provide valid and reliable information about teacher preparation programs.

Easy as 1, 2, 3: Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood

Early childhood mathematics is vitally important for young children's present and future educational success.  Unfortunately, many children's potential in mathematics in not fully realized, especially those children who are economically disadvantaged.  This is due, in part, to a lack of opportunities to learn mathematics in early childhood settings or through everyday experiences in the home and in their communities. 


Relying on a comprehensive review of the research, this podcast, based on the report Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity, introduces the critical areas that should be the focus of young children's early mathematics education.  It explores how well they are currently being incorporated in early childhood settings, and identifies some of the changes needed to improve the quality of mathematics experiences for young children.

Learning Science in Informal Environments

Informal science is a burgeoning field that operates across a broad reange of venues and envisages learning outcomes for individuals, schools, families, and society. 


This podcast, based on the report Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, looks at what, how, and where informal science learning takes place and the benefits it can provide to all people.

Starting Out Right

A devastatingly large number of people in America cannot read as well as they need for success in life.  With literacy problems plaguing as many as four in ten children in America, this podcast discusses how best to help children succeed in reading.


This podcast is based on the report Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success.


What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding?  What do science educators, teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, and school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences.


This podcast, based on the report Ready, Set, SCIENCE: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms, takes a brief look into this increasingly important topic.

Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn

When it comes to motivating people to learn, disadvantaged urban adolescents are usually perceived as a hard sell.  Yet, in a MetLife survey, 89 percent of the low-income students claimed "I really want to learn" applied to them. 


What is it about the school environment pedagogy, curriculum, climate, organization that encourages or discourages engagement in school activities? How do peers, family, and community affect adolescents attitudes towards learning?


This podcast, based on the report Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn, takes a look at this topic.

Social Science  
Hispanics in America

Given current demographic trends, nearly one in five U.S. residents will be of Hispanic origin by 2025.  This major demographic shift and its implications for both the United States and the growing Hispanic population make this a most timely podcast. 


The report, on which this podcast is based, Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future, describes how Hispanics are transforming the country as they disperse geographically.

Choosing  the Nation's Fiscal Future

A mismatch between the federal government's revenues and spending, no and in the foreseeable future, requires heavy borrowing, leading to a large and increasing federal debt.  That increasing debt raises a serious challenge to all of the goals that various people expect  their government to pursue. 


This podcast, based on the report Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future, assesses some of the options and possibilities for setting the nation back on a path to a sustainable federal budget.


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