About Jeff Greene

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It’s been a minute. What have we been up to?

Welp, it has been a minute since we’ve posted updates (bad Jeff, no biscuit!) but trust us, we’ve been busy! Here are just a few of the things the CLICK Research Group has been up to lately:

  • Many kudos to now-CLICK-alum Rebekah Freed, who graduated from the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies concentration of the PhD in Education here at UNC!
  • A team of CLICKers (Bekah Duke, Bekah Freed, Dalila Dragnic-Cindric, and Brian Cartiff) conducted a study of ego depletion effects upon both the processes and products of learning. Long story short: no evidence of ego-depletion effects, providing further fuel to the debates about that area of scholarship.
  • Linyu Yu, along with a whole bunch of CLICKers and friends, used process mining to examine how college students self-regulate their learning. Successful learners engage quite differently than unsuccessful learners, suggesting new ways of identifying the latter group and then providing them with support.
  • Jeff published an article on theory development.
  • We’ve presented a bunch of papers and posters at conferences including the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association! Look for that scholarship to be published in journals in the coming year (fingers crossed!).
  • Finally, we’ve welcomed new CLICKers, who we will be featuring soon.

So, lots going on and that’s not even all of it!

New Ego-Depletion Research!

Does being online exhaust you sometimes? Us too! We wondered whether learning online might be sensitive to depletion effects so we ran an RCT to examine whether an ego-depletion intervention would affect both how & what people learned online. Did it work? CLICK here to find out! Kudos Bekah Duke, Bekah Freed, Dalila Dragnic-Cindric, and Brian Cartiff for their work on this!

Doctoral Student Funding Opportunity for Fall 2022!

Do you want to research how to help students think and learn more effectively in digital spaces? Matt Bernacki and Jeff Greene are looking to admit a doctoral student to their team. Feel free to reach out to them for more info. The position is within the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies doctoral program in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Experts can (sort of, mostly, in some ways) transfer their epistemic cognition to new domains and tasks!

This study by Jeff Greene, Clark Chinn, and CLICK alum Vic Deekens involves an investigation of whether and how experts in one discipline can transfer their discipline epistemic cognition knowledge and skills to understand a challenging problem in another discipline. They found that near transfer was viable, but far transfer was more difficult, and more likely to elicit negative transfer. This suggests that helping students become better critical thinkers will require teaching them to think well in many disciplines. For more: CLICK

Does teaching people about epistemic cognition improve their academic achievement? Yes!

Here’s a new meta-analysis by CLICK members Brian Cartiff and Bekah Duke that shows how epistemic cognition interventions improve academic achievement. Their analysis not only substantiates the value of these interventions, but it also identifies some promising ways to design those interventions to be most effective. For more: CLICK.