Prof. Castleman Discusses Summer Melt and Text Messaging in New Podcast


04/12/2016

NudgeBlog & New Book Network

Ben Castleman, an assistant professor at EdPolicyWorks and Curry, discussed his research on summer melt in a new podcast.

The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies Can Improve Education

Teenagers live in their phones. As an educator you can try to pull them away or meet them where they are. The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies Can Improve Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015) urges educators to meet teens on their must-have device.

Author Benjamin Castleman of the University of Virginia shows how text messaging combined with insights from behavioral science--more specifically the fields of behavioral economics and social psychology--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.

In his own research, Castleman has studied how to use personalized text messages to reduce 'summer melt,' in which up to 40 percent of high school graduates who have been accepted to college, mostly from underserved communities, fail to show up for the fall semester.