About the Podcast

The Seek Learning podcast brings the best educational research from the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University into the homes and lives of Latter-day Saints. Each episode features an interview with a different scholar to learn about education and how it can help Latter-day Saints in their professions, homes, and gospel living. The podcast is sponsored by the BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society.

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Apple Podcast

Praise = Better Behavior

Episode 5

Paul Calderella - PhDProfessor, Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University

“Generally what we find is that the more often teachers praise, the better student behavior tends to be….We saw about a 20 to 30 percent improvement in student on-task behavior as praise rates increased.”


Excited About the Wonders of Our World

Episode 4

Terry Young, EdD - Professor, Teacher Education, Brigham Young University

 "So often we feel there are kids who don’t really like to read, but in fact they like to read, they just don’t like what they’re asked to read or what’s available to them."



Episode 3

Erin Feinauer Whiting, PhD – Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Brigham Young University

"Junior high kids are navigating a complex emotional space in school, so it's important to recognize that in addition to academic work, they're doing a lot of emotional work, too.”


Teaching Morally and Teaching Morality

Episode 2

Richard Osguthorpe, PhD – Professor, Teacher Education, Brigham Young University

"The teaching of character and academic knowledge is not an either-or proposition.

Since the development of character is unavoidable, in schools, the only real question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we’re going to address this moral work in meaningful ways."


The Lord Loves Effort

Episode 1

Barbara Morgan Gardner, PhD - Associate Professor, Church History, Brigham Young University

“As we study, regardless of the topic, because of the mission of the Holy Ghost, we will become better prepared and the spirit will compound our ability to teach whatever subject we are teaching, and to study deeply whatever we are studying.”