A Core Subgroup of Believers Don’t Just Think Learning Styles Are Real, But Also Inherited And Hard-Wired In The Brain

Originally posted on Research Digest:
Teachers were just as likely to be “essentialist” believers in learning styles as other participants By Matthew Warren The “learning style” myth – the idea that we each have a preferred modality for learning, usually described as visual, auditory or kinaesthetic – just won’t die. Belief in learning styles endures…

Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

Imagine students having to wear a brain reading device so teachers can tell if they have understood what they need to know. Possible benefits: no tests needed anymore? a real possibility to measure effectiveness But at the same time… it does sound as an episode of Black Mirror, or just a plan in China. Bring… Read More Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

Evidence For Revolution

Originally posted on Robert Slavin's Blog:
In the 1973 movie classic “Sleeper,” Woody Allen plays a New York health food store owner who wakes up 200 years in the future, in a desolate environment. “What happened to New York?” he asks the character played by Diane Keaton.  She replies, “It was destroyed.  Some guy…

What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)

We now that reading books to your children has a big influence, but now researchers have found that adults with higher reading-related knowledge are likelier to provide positive feedback when children read, which helps the learning process. I do like the format of added information to this paper: What is already known about this topic… Read More How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)