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Hunter Gehlbach
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Hunter Gehlbach is an educational psychologist who brings social psychological principles to bear on educational challenges. His research focuses on improving educational settings through enhancing the social interactions of teachers and students. His recent research has focused on social perspective taking – how people discern the thoughts and feelings of others within the classroom and how identifying similarities between teachers and students might help improve their relationships. In addition to this substantive interest, he is also interested in helping social scientists to design effective questionnaires. He teaches classes in both of these areas. After graduating with a B.A. from Swarthmore College in psychology and education, Gehlbach taught high school social studies before completing an M.Ed. in school counseling from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford.

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Valuing Survey Data on the Value of College

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:51 PM

In the past forty-eight hours media outlets from The Chronicle of Higher Education to the Wall Street Journal have posted headlines questioning the value of college. Their stories stem from a new poll of alumni reporting that only half of those polled strongly agree that college...

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Paternal Bias

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:43 PM

While I was shampooing in the shower recently, my 2-year-old son took a respite from his rubber duckies to ask, "Daddy ha-ppiness?" My heart melted with paternal pride. It had been a long week. My own (precocious) flesh and blood sensed my fatigue and responded with empathic concern about my...

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Teachers Should Be Evaluated Like Athletes: Here's Why

(29) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 10:57 AM

With every bubble of knowledge that students darken using their #2 pencils, our nation increases its infatuation with measuring teachers' performance through students' standardized test scores. Despite the intuitive appeal of evaluating teachers based on student learning, heavy reliance on these indicators narrows our view of effective teaching in potentially...

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