The 160-Character Solution
How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies Can Improve Education
In The 160-Character Solution, Benjamin L. Castleman shows how insights from behavioral economics—the study of how social, cognitive, and emotional factors affect our decisions—can be leveraged to help students complete assignments, perform to their full potential on tests, and choose schools and colleges where they are well positioned for success. By employing behavioral strategies or "nudges," Castleman shows, administrators, teachers, and parents can dramatically improve educational outcomes from preschool to college.
Castleman applies the science of decision making to explain why inequalities persist at various stages in education and to identify innovative solutions to improve students' academic achievement and attainment. By focusing on behavioral changes, Castleman demonstrates that small changes in how we ask questions, design applications, and tailor reminders can have remarkable impacts on student and school success.
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"This important book comes at just the right time. We are realizing that making good educational decisions requires far more than just knowledge about the options and a desire for positive outcomes. Parents and students need to keep their attention set on education when numerous other issues vie for attention each day. Small choices about skipping reading to a preschooler at night or loosing track of a high schooler's homework can have big consequences. This book does a terrific job of summarizing the research showing promising approaches to overcoming these barriers, and points us towards opportunities to improve educational opportunities for students."—Susanna Loeb, Stanford University
"Castleman's book serves as a reminder that the freedom to choose schools is only part of expanding educational opportunity. Ensuring that families are prepared to make informed choices is key, but existing policies often frustrate or overwhelm students. Using insights from cutting edge research, this book provides a useful blueprint for empowering students and improving the return on our educational investments."—Andrew P. Kelly, author of Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press)
"Castleman has produced a wonderfully readable guide to the best research on behavioral insights and how these can be applied to help students and parents make informed educational decisions. Academics, policy makers and parents will benefit from this nice synthesis of related work from a multitude of fields and educational settings."—Bruce I. Sacerdote, Dartmouth College
"The 160-Character Solution . . . argues text messages can be used as one of several behavioral strategies, or 'nudges,' that can help students make informed decisions at key points during their educational careers."—Inside Higher Ed
". . .Castleman proposes simple solutions for big problems. He links empirical research to practical applications that make "interventions highly customized" to facilitate access to a college education more equitably. The book will serve as a starting point for stakeholders interested in exploring ways to improve the college application processes and student retention rates."—Choice
"[Castleman's book] offer[s] some useful insights from scholarly work about ways in which people can be systematically irrational in their decisions."—Education Next
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