Learning Science Meets School Finance: The How People Learn Framework as a Tool for Resource Decisions

March 2007

In this paper, Diana Sharp and John Bransford show how the learning sciences can be applied to school finance. They demonstrate the importance of focusing resources on student assessment, instruction adapted to individual learning styles, greater attention to complex reading materials, group discussion, and teacher training in "comprehension-based instruction." Sharp and Bransford are confident that resources can be used more effectively but acknowledge that "future research is needed to support, extend, and refine this process for matching general resources to specific contexts."

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