About

My name is Dr. John D Rich, Jr.  I am an educational psychologist, and associate professor of Psychology at Delaware State University, with expertise in effective parenting and teaching. I also have a lot of life experience to go along with my academic knowledge. My goal is to help you incorporate effective parenting and teaching practices with your children.

I was moved to start this blog because I wanted a place to discuss what I know about my own life as an educator and a parent of two great boys, as well as all of the high-quality research out there about effective parenting and education, using language and stories that would be accessible to a wide audience.

I believe that most parents desire to raise well-behaved, successful children, and that most educators desire to impact the students in their care. There is so much information out there about how to accomplish these goals, and most of it is not substantiated by scientific sources.

It is my hope that this site can be a place where parents and educators can go to learn and discuss best practices that will help us all positively influence the next generation.

Please enjoy my site!


Here is a listing of my publications and appearances, both on popular sites, and in academic journals.

Blogging Contributions:

Psychology Today Parenting Expert page

Psychology Today Teaching Expert page (three articles posted, with plans for more in the future – see citations under academic publications section below)

Manchester ink link (syndicated articles on a weekly basis)

Good Men Project (syndicated articles on a weekly basis)

WBOC-TV (upcoming appearance)

Sayin’ It Plain radio (one-time appearance)

WMNH Radio – Matt Connarton Unleashed show (ongoing appearances every other week)

Parenting and Pupil Coach podcast (one-time appearance)

Psycho Warfare podcast (one-time appearance)

Corina Time (one guest article)

Mom Fuse (one guest article)

Edutopia (upcoming article)

Mama Bear of One (one guest article)

Easy Mommy Life (one guest article)

Courtney Harris Coaching (upcoming article)

Academic articles:

Rich, J. (in progress). A comparison of older and newer Saturday Night Live episodes as a way of measuring changes in disparagement humor over time. To be submitted to the International Journal of Humor.

Rich, J. (in progress). A content analysis of contemporary standup comedy: Humor is often very serious. To be submitted to the International Journal of Humor.

Rich, J. (in progress). The three main theories of humor as they are utilized in the sitcom “Louie.” To be submitted to the International Journal of Humor.

Rich, J. (2016). Using comedy to teach research design. Conference Proceedings for the 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 5141-5146.

Rich, J., Manning, R. and Cage, B. (2015). Feminist pedagogy in the classroom. Psychology Today online journal. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psyched/201502/feminist-pedagogy-in-the-classroom.

Rich, J., Manning, R. and Cage, B. (2015). Inspiring critical thinking in classrooms. Psychology Today online journal. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psyched/201501/inspiring-critical-thinking-in-classrooms.

Rich, J., Owens, D., Johnson, S., Mines, D. and Capote, K. (2014). Some strategies for reducing social loafing in group projects. Global Journal of Human Social Sciences, 14.

Rich, J., Colon, A., Mines, D. and Jivers, K. (2014). Creating learner-centered assessment strategies for promoting greater student retention and class participation. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.

Rich, J., Dover A., Gordon, A., Gray, K., Morse, P. and Overton, W. (2014). Deductive reasoning: The use of the selection task to measure educational interventions. European Science Journal, 10, 14-36.

Rich, J., Capote, K., and Taylor, G. (2013). Socratic Teacher Questioning in Science Classrooms: Engage students by asking better questions. Psychology Today online journal. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psyched/201310/socratic-teacher-questioning-in-science-classrooms.

Rich, J. (2013). Creating learner-centered assessment strategies for promoting greater student retention and class participation. Conference proceedings for the 43rd annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

Rich, J., Colon, A., Council, C. and D. Mines (2013) Learner-centered assessment strategies for greater student retention. Universal Journal of Education and General Studies, 2.

Rich, J. (2012). Experimental designs in education: The case for learner-centered assessments. Conference proceedings for the 39th annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning.

Rich, J. (2012). Learner centered assessments don’t have to require memorization: Experimental evidence in favor of take-home examinations. Conference proceedings for the 41st annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

Rich, J. (2012). The use of the selection task to measure educational interventions. Review of higher education and self-learning, 5, 48-54.

Rich, J. (2011). Afterword: Comments on Research Design. In German, M. and Banerjee, P.Migration, technology, and transculturation:A global perspective. Lindenwold: St. Charles, MO.

Rich, J. (2011). An experimental study of differences in study habits and long-term retention rates between take-home and in-class examinations. International journal of university teaching and faculty development, 2, 1-10.

Rich, J. (2011). A pilot study of learner-centered assessments: Giving students control over what they learn. Review of higher education and self learning, 4, 67-75.

Rich, J. (2011). Assessments that increase class participation and improve deeper thinking about course material International handbook of academic research and teaching, 15, 265-8.

Rich, J. (2011). Declaration of Independence a challenge to America. Dover Post. July 20 edition.

Rich, J. (2011). Disciplining our children without corporal punishment. Parenting Plus. August 2011 edition, p. 10.

Rich, J. (2011). Fourth of July can inspire us to be a better country. Dover Post. June 15 edition.

Rich, J. (2011). The impact of knowledge and magnitude of criteria on deductive reasoning performance. International handbook of academic research and teaching, 15, 224-8.

Rich, J. (2011). Learner-centered assessments can double as learning experiences: Creating tests that teach. Conference proceedings for the 38th annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning.

Rich, J. (2011). Paying students for grades: Theoretical support. International handbook of academic research and teaching, 15, 253-8.

Rich, J. (2011). The relationship between deductive reasoning ability, test anxiety and standardized test scores in a Latino sample. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 33, 261-277.

Rich, J. (2011). The use of pecuniary incentives for academic performance. Journal of applied global research, 4, 35-44.

Rich, J. (2010). Assessments that increase class participation and improve deeper thinking about course material. Conference proceedings for the 40th annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

Rich, J. (2009). No, Virginia, there is no you-know-who. Philadelphia Inquirer. December 15 edition.

Rich, J. (2009). No, Virginia, There Is No Santa Claus. (2008). Dover Post. November 26 edition.

Rich, J. (2008, November 28). Kidding Kids: Why we shouldn’t teach our children about Santa Claus. Bucks County Courier Times.

Rich, J. and Weisberg, R. (2004). Creating All in the Family: A case study in creative thinking. Creativity Research Journal, 16, 247-59.

Professional papers presented:

“Using comedy to teach research design.” Presented in November 2016 to the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation.

“Creating learner-centered assessment strategies for promoting greater student retention and class participation.” Presented in October 2013 to the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

“Experimental designs in education: The case for learner-centered assessments.” Presented in May 2012 to the Lilly Conference of College and University Teaching and Learning.

“Learner centered assessments don’t have to require memorization: Experimental evidence in favor of take-home examinations.” Presented in October 2011 to the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

“Learner centered assessments can double as learning experiences: Creating tests that teach.” Presented in June 2011 to the Lilly Conferences of College and University Teaching and Learning.

“Assessments that increase class participation and improve deeper thinking about course material.” Presented in March 2011 to the Intellect Base International Consortium.

“The impact of knowledge and magnitude of criteria on deductive reasoning performance.” Presented in March 2011 to the Intellect Base International Consortium.

“Paying students for grades: A theoretical and experimental debate.” Presented in March 2011 to the Intellect Base International Consortium.

“Assessments that increase class participation and improve deeper thinking about course material.” Presented in March 2010 to the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

“Contributions to Policy-Decision-Making: The Effectiveness of Blended, Online Learning Strategies in Jordanian Secondary Education.” Presented in April 2009 to the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.

“Evaluation and Educational Reform in Jordan: Results and Suggestions for the Future.” Presented in November 2008 to the American Evaluation Association, in collaboration with the Academy for Educational Development.

“Evaluation and Educational Reform in Jordan: Results of recent research.” Presented in March 2008 to the Comparative and International Educational Society, in collaboration with the Academy for Educational Development.

“Using Data to Drive Decision Making.” Presented to the Catapult Learning Leadership Team, December 2006 and ongoing.

“Tackling the Achievement Gap.” Presented to the Conference on Improving School Performance, January 22-25, 2006.

“Teacher Quality as a Civil Rights Issue: How to Attract and Retain Teachers in Challenging School Assignments.” Presented in December 2005 to the School District Accountability Department.

“Tackling the Achievement Gap at the School District of Philadelphia.” Published in-house in December 2005.

“The achievement gap in Philadelphia.” Presented in September 2005 to the School District Assessment Team.

“The predictive value of the Philadelphia School District’s Benchmark Tests on PSSA performance: Item analysis and suggestions for improvement.” Presented in August 2004 to the School District Assessment Team.

“The use of Rasch scaling analysis in Program Evaluation.” Presented in March 2004 to the School District Evaluation Department.

“Results from an Arts-Integration Program: How the Arts Can Be Used to Support Efforts to Raise Test Scores.” Presented in December 2003 to the Northwest Regional Administrator’s Committee.

“The Uses of Logic Modeling in the creation of Grant Proposals: How All the Players Can Create Better Proposals By Starting with Evaluation.”Presented in September 2003 to the School District Assessment Division.

“Developmental Progressions in Formal Operational Reasoning.” Presented in May 2002 to the Temple Educational Research Association.