No, we weren’t done. Four years after our first book Urban Myths About Learning and Education, it’s high time to share all the factchecks that Paul, Casper and myself have been working on. In the book we discuss over 30 new myths, again using the 3 labels ‘complete nonsense’, ‘nuanced’ and ‘we don’t know’, the… Read More “More Urban Myths about Learning and Education” is now available!
It’s something Paul Kirschner and I have written about before, and a new review study confirms: using electronic media while doing schoolwork negatively impacts learning. But even worse: any students believe they’re immune to any ill effects because they’re good multitaskers, which they’re not. From the press release: Scanning social media while listening to a… Read More New review on multitasking while learning: a big problem, but also an opportunity?
Disclaimer: this is just a joke, it has nothing to do with my wife learning how to play the piano. She’s doing a great job and… she uses a silent piano.
Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Justin Reich is a Professor at MIT and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. He is the author of the Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education (Harvard University Press, 2020). This article appeared in Teaching Times, August 20, 2020. Over…
It’s something I often ask my students: who’s father or mother are teachers themselves? Often a majority raises their hands. This new study by Jacintho and Gershenson published in the American Educational Research Journal seems to confirm this trend. Examining the data taken from the American National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 1979 and Child… Read More New study on “The Intergenerational Transmission of Teaching” about how teaching can run in the family.
As an educational mythbuster I welcome this update to the The Debunking Handbook 2020 as it… summarises the current state of the science of misinformation and its debunking. It was written by a team of 22 prominent scholars of misinformation and its debunking, and it represents the current consensus on the science of debunking for engaged… Read More There is an update to the debunking handbook
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with again many interesting new studies and reviews. This time it was really hard to just pick one, but this is my choice today: Schools are inherently social spaces. On the one hand, they can nurture a sense of belonging, and close, trusting relationships. On the other hand, the… Read More The scars of school violence (Best Evidence in Brief)
I’ve discussed this topic before, check e.g. here or here, and this new study again shows it: poverty can shape the child. From the press release: In a nationwide study, UCLA researchers have found that health inequities can be measured in children as young as 5 years old. The research, published in Health Affairs, contributes to… Read More Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5
Originally posted on Research Digest:
By Emma Young How can you discourage kids from copying each other on tests? You could always use a simple frame to separate them, or even a ruler to draw an imaginary line between their desks. When these behavioural “nudge” techniques were used in new research published in Current Directions in…
Simon Verwer shared this article on Twitter with me and it is indeed interesting. We’ve seen major tech companies investing big money in education, but… what is really happening? The paper tries to answer the question if Silicon Valley wants the end of the teacher as we know it? The answer is complex: We can… Read More Interesting paper: Google and the end of the teacher?