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This is an example of a "knowledge base" for behavior change. Some sections are good inspiration for us, like main conferences.

I'm not sure what exact topics you have planned- I'd be happy to research some relevant and short pieces for specific classes. I have all of the papers I mention below.

I think these two mini-articles could give a nice intro to why there may be unexploited and valuable connections between the fields:

This also could work well: it's quite practical, a report from IES, but it does give a nice flavor of actually trying to examine actual implementation of theory (in a way that is geared at successful teacher learning and implementation) while synthesizing a significant range of work in psychology on learning and memory:

I thought some of the more important insights from psychology were in: 

1. Testing/Mixing/Generation (Bjork, Karpicke, Pashler, Rohrer)
-This is a high profile Science paper  , and a more thorough educational researcher paper

Analogy & Comparison (Gentner)
Gentner, D., Loewenstein, J., Thompson, L. (2003). Learning and transfer: A general role for analogical encoding. Journal of Educational Psychology, 95(2), 393-408.
Jee, B. D., Uttal, D. H., Gentner, D., Manduca, C., Shipley, T., Sageman, B., Ormand, C. J., & Tikoff, B. (2010). Analogical thinking in geoscience educationJournal of Geoscience Education, 58 (1), 2-13.

Approaches to explanation that view it as central to conceptual representation and conceptual change rather than simply a metacognitive activity, this draws on the developmental psychology literature and probably just parts of it could be read:

Wellman, H. M., & Liu, D. (2007). Causal reasoning as informed by the early development of explanations. Causal learning: psychology, philosophy, and computation, 261–279.

Key ideas about transfer
-I think the testing and analogical comparison literatures raise very interesting points about why transfer cannot be taken for granted and how an understanding of the conceptual representations people are forming can improve transfer. Revisiting Bransford's paper from last semester in the context of these or other issues could be valuable.

Hi Eric,

Here's the science article on testing if you want to add it for this Thursday:

This is a very short article in the "Observer" an ASsociation for psychological science magazine that gives an explicit and broad message about psychology and education (content pasted below) that people might enjoy reading. It'd also direct them to some pretty digestible articles furthering this connection that are hyperlinked from this page: