“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!

Adults Put Off Crucial Conversations About Race Because They Mistakenly Think Young Children Won’t Understand

Originally posted on Research Digest:
By Emily Reynolds Conversations about race are not always easy, as the writer Reni Eddo-Lodge has recently explored in her brilliant book Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race. But they’re no less necessary for it: not talking about racism is simply not an option, particularly for those…

Not really new, but confirmation can be handy: new study shows quizzes improve academic performance

We’ve known the positive effect on learning of regular (low-stake) testing for quite some while, but this meta-analytic study in combination reconfirms it. From the press release: About a year ago, a conversation during a faculty meeting piqued Marcus Crede’s interest. A senior faculty member in Iowa State University’s Department of Psychology said that he… Read More Not really new, but confirmation can be handy: new study shows quizzes improve academic performance

The impact of teacher burnout on student behavior and discipline issues

Education is often interaction, but some kinds of interaction are not necessarily so positive. A new study – with some high No Shit, Sherlock! feel to it – shows that the stress of teachers can have a trickle-down effect on their students, leading to disruptive behavior that results in student suspensions. And I’ll add: probably… Read More The impact of teacher burnout on student behavior and discipline issues

New meta-analysis on the bilingual advantage in executive functions of children

This is quite a study by Gunnured et al. It checks a lot of quality boxes, such as preregistration, open data… The topic is a field that has been quite difficult to examine, as it discusses the influence of bilingualism on executive functions (EF) of children. Why is this kind of research difficult? Well, while… Read More New meta-analysis on the bilingual advantage in executive functions of children

One year today: More Urban Myths about Learning and Education announced

Paul Kirschner just reminded me that a year ago we were able to announce our second book about Urban Myths about Learning and Education. Over 4000 copies have been sold already worldwide and counting! Check your local book store or buy the book online! If you want to read a free chapter, check this article… Read More One year today: More Urban Myths about Learning and Education announced