What’s the best way to improve a sad mood? The answer may surprise you…

Ok, sorry for the clickbait title, but the answer did surprise me: it may be whatever skill you think you’re best at! When I thought a bit further it became a No shirt, Sherlock-example. From the press release: Think you’re good at mindfulness techniques? Then that may work best for you. Or do you believe… Read More What’s the best way to improve a sad mood? The answer may surprise you…

Again: teacher and course evaluations don’t tell you what you think they tell you

We’ve written extensively about this topic in More Myths about Learning and Education, our second myth book, but a new working paper by Vladimir Kogan, Brandon Genetin, Joyce Chen and Alan Kalishagain confirms again: student surveys don’t measure what you think they measure. Grades seem to be the biggest influence in this case – we… Read More Again: teacher and course evaluations don’t tell you what you think they tell you

Effectiveness of volunteer tutoring (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter written up by Justin Hill: Carrie E. Markovitz and colleagues recently reported on a replication and expansion of a previous randomized controlled trial  focused on volunteer tutoring in reading for at-risk early elementary school students. The current… Read More Effectiveness of volunteer tutoring (Best Evidence in Brief)

Why do we forget? New theory proposes ‘forgetting’ is actually a form of learning

Yesterday, my good friend and mentor Paul Kirschner already shared this new article. No, it’s not about Ebbinghaus, but about a new theory about what is happening in our brain. Or is it? Ebbinghaus is mentioned already in the introduction :). From the press release: We create countless memories as we live our lives but… Read More Why do we forget? New theory proposes ‘forgetting’ is actually a form of learning

On the generic and the specific

Originally posted on education ruminations:
I recently read?this?excellent journal article on the structure of academic self-concept by Arens et al (2021).? The article is about different models of academic self-concept (pupils self-perceptions of their own performance or ability in school subjects), and looks in part at whether or not there is a ‘general’ academic self-concept…

Does Taekwondo improve children’s self-regulation?

This study adds support that (certain kinds of) sport can improve self-regulation. The results are in line with previous research into executive functions in which doing sports has a positive effect on self-control, estimating the other, etc.). There is one important limitation in this study: the researchers studied the primary school children for 11 weeks… Read More Does Taekwondo improve children’s self-regulation?