“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 study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

This is an interesting, although not really surprising study. Self-control or similar concepts related to executive functioning have been proven before to be good predictors. Still, one important question remains: is it trainable… From the press release:  Self-control, the ability to contain one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and to work toward goals with a… Read More New study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

Tutoring Could Change Everything

Originally posted on Robert Slavin's Blog:
Starting in the 1990s, futurists and technology fans began to say, “The Internet changes everything.” And eventually, it did. The Internet has certainly changed education, although it is unclear whether these changes have improved educational effectiveness. Unlike the Internet, tutoring has been around since hunters and gatherers taught…

New study on how to make higher education on campus possible before vaccination, even stating open campuses are maybe even safer than distance learning?

I have been teaching my students online since October and do I miss teaching IRL. This new study concludes based on computer models that the combined effectiveness of three COVID-prevention strategies on college campuses — mask-wearing, social distancing, and routine testing — are as effective in preventing coronavirus infections as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.… Read More New study on how to make higher education on campus possible before vaccination, even stating open campuses are maybe even safer than distance learning?

New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)

Learning styles, don’t get me started… It’s an education myth I’m a bit tired of, and that’s a euphemism. Often when giving talks about urban myths about learning and education I tend to think that everybody already knows that e.g. learning styles have been debunked. Most of the time I have to discover that this… Read More New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)

Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter: Social-emotional learning (SEL), such as the ability to set goals and manage frustration, have been positively associated with academic outcomes. These findings have encouraged policymakers to implement programs that help students build up their SEL competencies. However, the… Read More Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)

One of the oldest tricks in the education book still works: storytelling (btw, great research-design)

An interesting study that threw me back 35 years to the classroom of Mr. Pieters who used to tell us great stories. Besides inspiring me to become a teacher myself, he taught us a lot too, and this randomized controlled trial confirms. The trial suggests even that storytelling beats activities for learning Btw, do check… Read More One of the oldest tricks in the education book still works: storytelling (btw, great research-design)