Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

This study still only shows a correlation, although the researchers try to go a long way to eliminate other possible explanations: using the internet during your retirement years can be linked to your cognitive functions! From the press release: Researchers from Lancaster University Management School, the Norwegian University Science and Technology and Trinity College Dublin… Read More Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

This study made me rethink (and that’s a good thing): Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to Effective Teachers?

The idea seems pretty straightforward: we know teachers can have a huge impact so getting the best teachers with the pupils who need them the most, could make education more equal. It’s an idea that I have suggested myself already a couple of times. But… this new study by Isenberg et al begs to differ… Read More This study made me rethink (and that’s a good thing): Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to Effective Teachers?

How a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus

Hurray, my students are coming back to the campus this week. Next week I’ll be teaching again on campus. At the same time, we know that there are still a lot of students who aren’t feeling that ok. Maybe it’s true and a small act of kindness can go a long way? This study does… Read More How a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus

Again, sadly enough: Infants exposed to domestic violence have poorer cognitive development

The negative influence of stress on the cognitive development of infants has been shown again and again, and this new study does the same again, sadly enough. Infants coming from homes with domestic violence often go on to have worse academic outcomes in school due to neurodevelopmental lags and a higher risk for a variety… Read More Again, sadly enough: Infants exposed to domestic violence have poorer cognitive development

We know the uncertainty of our working memory and use it to make decisions

This study is rather interesting than practical, but I think everything concerning our working memory is fascinating. What the researchers discovered is that the human brain regions responsible for our working memory content are also used to gauge the quality, or uncertainty, of memories. From the press release: The human brain regions responsible for working… Read More We know the uncertainty of our working memory and use it to make decisions

Some depressing news on civic education (but do read the whole piece)

Only one out of three people in France voted during the last regional elections in June. Of course, the covid-crisis can be a part of the explanation, but still, it’s a democratic deficit. Like so often, when there is a problem in society, people tend to look also at education. So maybe it’s a good… Read More Some depressing news on civic education (but do read the whole piece)

The effects of co-teaching for students with disabilities (Best Evidence in Brief)

A study in the new Best Evidence in Brief caught my eye because we also discussed this briefly in our second myth book: what is the effect of co-teaching? We concluded in our book that there is not much research on the effectiveness of the approach on learning in comparison to e.g. regular teaching. Do note:… Read More The effects of co-teaching for students with disabilities (Best Evidence in Brief)