Originally posted on 3-Star learning experiences:
Does enjoyment lead to better reading or is it the other way around? While we often talk about important research dealing with both learning AND training, we came across this study dealing with the relation between reading skill and reading enjoyment and thought it was too interesting to not…

Why Many Top-Down School Reforms Fail: Elementary Math in One District

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Examples of top-down mandates from district, state, and federal policymakers without significant teacher or community involvement are legion. *Los Angeles Unified contracted with Apple to spend one billion-plus dollars for iPads for every student to use a newly-developed curriculum and eventually take Common Core…

How to let children eat more fruits and vegetables? Give them more…

This study is again maybe a bit ‘No shit, Sherlock’, but on the other hand: many parents have tried to make sure their children eat more fruit and vegetables and… failed. Do note the small sample size. From the press release: Filling half of a child’s plate with fruits and veggies isn’t just recommended by… Read More How to let children eat more fruits and vegetables? Give them more…

Stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences, but why?

Your head is spinning, you feel the adrenaline, the situation is tense and… you’ll probably remember this for a long time. When the brain stores memories of objects, it creates a characteristic pattern of activity for each of them. Stress changes such memory traces shows a new paper by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. From the… Read More Stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences, but why?

How up to date or out of date our your textbooks at the university?

Yesterday I discovered this new, impressive paper by Barbara Biasi and Song Ma, The Education-Innovation Gap. In this paper they want to answer the question from the title of this post. Or more correct: …we want to measure the distance between the knowledge content of each course – as described in its syllabus – and… Read More How up to date or out of date our your textbooks at the university?