Podcast: TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi
06 June 2016
Dr. Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist and polyglot who has attained at least an intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages. Her linguistic competencies have shaped her career and enabled her to better access and understand the educational systems in the developing countries in which she has worked. Her focus has been largely centered on improving outcomes for marginalized students in developing countries. She has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. During her long career, she has produced a number of important publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor published in 2006. In more recent years she has become interested in and advocated the importance of automaticity in learning; that is, building a foundation for learning through old-fashioned drill which can then free up the memory for the execution of more complex tasks. Dr. Abadzi currently lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.