Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Keith Stanovich speak at the Center on Teaching and Learning’s annual conference in Portland.
First of all, am I the only reading geek who is sitting there in the group of 500 thinking, “I can’t believe I’m hearing Keith Stanovich…like right in front of me!” (I’m sure not, since I was surrounded by many other reading geek-like people).
He said many very scholarly, relevant and interesting things, but the one that stuck in my head even without reviewing my notes is this: if you ask any researcher if there is something that they used to think was true but that researched had proven wrong (and therefore changed their thinking) and the researcher says “no”, then run the other way.
I guess “run the other way” is my phrasing, but that is basically what he said. He said that research is ever evolving and what we used to think, even as researchers, in some cases has proven to be incorrect by further research. Solid research proves this again and again as we get more information.
It’s been a long time since I’ve attended a conference or training as an attendee and I’m loving every minute of it. I’ll fill you in on more as I review my notes!
I’d love to hear what thinking research has changed/altered for you! Leave a comment below!