Nothing new, but so worth repeating: there is a link between teachers’ job satisfaction, learning and more

Found this study via my colleague Jeroen Janssen. The study tells us again something we’ve known from earlier research, but that is undoubtedly worth repeating. Mark G. Harrison, Ronnel B. King, and Hui Wang used TALIS data from the OECD to examine the relationship between teacher job satisfaction and teaching quality, although the latter is always… Read More Nothing new, but so worth repeating: there is a link between teachers’ job satisfaction, learning and more

Music education boosts students’ wellbeing? I hoped so, but this study can’t tell

Imagine you read a press release stating: A new study demonstrates the benefits of music education to adolescent health and wellbeing. As a musician, I’m always glad to read such a headline. But…as a scientist, I always feel to be very cautious that your own confirmation bias doesn’t make you less critical. So, what about… Read More Music education boosts students’ wellbeing? I hoped so, but this study can’t tell

A teacher is better kind than strict-sounding

There will probably be 2 groups reading this post and this study: one group will think that the results are very obvious, and the other group will be very surprised and maybe even convinced the study is wrong. The essence:  Strict-sounding teachers are worse at inspiring the classroom than their kind colleagues, and showed ‘controlling… Read More A teacher is better kind than strict-sounding

Are novice teacher induction programs worthwhile? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this important meta-analysis from this biweekly newsletter written up by Chenchen Shi, Johns Hopkins University. The first few years of a novice teacher’s career are important, and often accompanied by formalized induction programs aimed at helping teacher development and growth.A new meta-analysis published… Read More Are novice teacher induction programs worthwhile? (Best Evidence in Brief)