Correlation vs causation: Parents with degrees give their children significant advantage in maths

Is something is significantly predicted by higher IQ, higher socioeconomic status and greater parental education you don’t get answers, but more questions such as ‘how do those three elements interact?’ We do know that boys aren’t better at math by definition, but also the possible explanations given by the researchers remain an educated guess backed… Read More Correlation vs causation: Parents with degrees give their children significant advantage in maths

Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

Today we saw a new step in loosening the lockdown in Belgium, but kids still aren’t allowed to play. And this hurts. While this new study by Jennifer Fane and colleagues wasn’t conducted during the pandemic, it does show why losing the ability to play is a bad thing. From the press release: Social and… Read More Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

A bit of a depressing study: “Pre-service teacher education may perpetuate myths about teaching and learning”

True, the sample is rather small, non-longitudinal and the researchers, Rogers and Cheung, call it rightfully preliminary findings, but still: the results are very depressing: This study examined the beliefs of pre-service teachers with regard to the myths of learning styles and multiple intelligences. Survey data indicated that that the student teachers generally endorsed these… Read More A bit of a depressing study: “Pre-service teacher education may perpetuate myths about teaching and learning”