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)

Does inclusive education work? A report with a nuanced answer.

Before I start this blog post, I should tell you a little about myself for transparency. Before I started blogging and writing books, I was actively involved in several European projects on inclusive education. Historically, I can be called rather an advocate than a person against inclusive education. This weekend Dirk Van Damme shared a… Read More Does inclusive education work? A report with a nuanced answer.

Effective intervention to increase school engagement (guest post by Jeroen Janssen)

This guest post by Jeroen Janssen was first published here. How do you keep students engaged in education? This question was the focus of a new study by Roger Azevedo and colleagues. They developed the story tool, an intervention in which students use a story to learn strategies to monitor their engagement and learn to… Read More Effective intervention to increase school engagement (guest post by Jeroen Janssen)

I’ve got more than a gut feeling school is good for you…

This is a study that took a bit of reading to understand. The sample is huge, but they needed to use specific statistical methods to establish a causal relationship so the scientists could claim: a better education has a strong genetic correlation and a protective causal association with several gut disorders. So it’s more than… Read More I’ve got more than a gut feeling school is good for you…

Working memory and word-problem solving trainings, which combination is more effective?

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index:
Marta Pellegrini, University of Cagliari, Italy A study conducted by Lynn and Douglas Fuchs and colleagues looked at the effectiveness of interventions that combine training on working memory (WM) and word-problem solving (WPS). The four interventions were as follows: Intervention 1 – general training on WM Intervention…

The Morphing of an Innovation into Classroom Practice: Kindergartens in U.S. Schools (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
School reformers, mostly middle-class white women, invented kindergartens in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. The innovation of the “Kindergarten” was an import relying on the ideas and practices of a 19th century German reformer named Frederich Froebel. Using his ideas, civic-minded women created…