“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!

Is a government-mandated reduced-class size policy likely to improve second graders’ achievement in France? The data say yes, but…

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with a follow-up study to an earlier post on a very popular theme: class size. Do note that the effect size is still pretty small for the high cost. As in the U.S., French students from impoverished areas demonstrate lower achievement than their more affluent peers. In an… Read More Is a government-mandated reduced-class size policy likely to improve second graders’ achievement in France? The data say yes, but…

Students who tolerate cheating in classroom may also turn a blind eye to unethical behavior in their jobs

Once a cheat always a cheat, or rather once someone who tolerates cheating, always someone who tolerates cheating? A new study seems to suggest this, but do note that a longitudinal design would really answer this question. From the press release: A recent study authored by professors at two California State University campuses, including San… Read More Students who tolerate cheating in classroom may also turn a blind eye to unethical behavior in their jobs

Play-based curriculum benefits young children and teachers (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with many studies showing little to no effect (also interesting and relevant), but this one is more positive: Findings from a randomized controlled trial of Tools of the Mind (Tools) suggest that the program improves kindergarten students’ academic outcomes in reading and writing, enhances children’s joy in learning and teachers’ enjoyment… Read More Play-based curriculum benefits young children and teachers (Best Evidence in Brief)

Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)

While the main focus of the media coverage on PISA 2018 will be on the rankings, two other volumes are also released today with a special spotlight on… the growth mindset by Carol Dweck. But while 15-year olds around the globe were filling in the OECD-questionaires, 2018 turned out to be not such a great… Read More Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)