“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!

What role do principals play in improving teaching and student achievement? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief  with – amongst others – this report: A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences has found that an intensive approach to helping principals improve their leadership practices did not improve student achievement or change principal practices as intended. The study looked at the effectiveness of a professional… Read More What role do principals play in improving teaching and student achievement? (Best Evidence in Brief)

Again: brains of girls and boys are similar, producing equal math ability (new study)

It is topic often discussed, but the evidence is getting quite big: girls aren’t worse – or better – in mathematics than boys. The irony is that imho this study is relevant by adding support to previous findings, but the sample – as with many brain studies – is rather low. From the press release:… Read More Again: brains of girls and boys are similar, producing equal math ability (new study)

Nobel Experiments

Originally posted on Robert Slavin's Blog:
The world of evidence-based policy just got some terrific news. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard, were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. This award honors extraordinary people doing extraordinary work to alleviate poverty in developing countries. I heard Esther Duflo…