No surprise to me: When school feels ‘like prison,’ test scores, college attendance drop

In some places in the world, schools have started to become almost prison-like to keep children safe. But what is the effect on learning? A new study examining this doesn’t give much hope. Students at high schools with prominent security measures have lower math scores, are less likely to attend college and are suspended more… Read More No surprise to me: When school feels ‘like prison,’ test scores, college attendance drop

A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

We’ve known the benefits of reading together with your child for a long time now, so maybe this review study isn’t that surprising as it’s also all about the interaction between the parent and the kid. From the press release: A new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has… Read More A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

Maybe we have been underestimating the Flynn Effect for decades

The Flynn Effect is a fascinating phenomenon: The Flynn effect refers to a secular increase in population intelligence quotient (IQ) observed throughout the 20th century. The changes were rapid, with measured intelligence typically increasing around three IQ points per decade. (source) Do note this element of 3 IQ points per decade, because a new study… Read More Maybe we have been underestimating the Flynn Effect for decades

Positive teacher-student relationships may lead to better teaching

We’ve known that a positive teacher-student relationship can lead to more learning. Actually, in John Hattie’s overview, it’s in the same range of effects of feedback. This new study by Xintong Li et al. looks at another perspective: what is the effect of such a relationship on how the teacher acts. The study uses archival… Read More Positive teacher-student relationships may lead to better teaching

This is a very depressing study: Citations Before and After Successful and Failed Replications

To be clear: the study by Paul von Hippel isn’t disappointing. The results are. As we discuss in our book ‘The Psychology of Great Teaching‘, psychology as a science has seen a huge replication crisis but as Dirk Van Damme notes in his new report: A very serious challenge in social science research is the… Read More This is a very depressing study: Citations Before and After Successful and Failed Replications