“More Urban Myths about Learning and Education” is now available!

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!

New review on multitasking while learning: a big problem, but also an opportunity?

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?

New study on “The Intergenerational Transmission of Teaching” about how teaching can run in the family.

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.

There is an update to the debunking handbook

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

Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5

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