The difference between observed and perceived learning in professional development programs for teachers (study)

Yesterday I found this interesting new study by Yasemin Copur-Gencturk and Ian Thacker. We’ve known that the perception students have about their learning isn’t necessarily correct, why should teachers be any different? Well, they are not: An analysis of data collected from hundreds of teachers who participated in different professional development programs indicated no correlation… Read More The difference between observed and perceived learning in professional development programs for teachers (study)

As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

I’m probably one of the worst persons to tell you, but sleep is important. This new study shows parents really can have a positive influence – although the sample size is not that big. In short: Parent-enforced bedtimes–along with later school start times–are the greatest predictors of sleep duration, daytime energy level, and depressive symptoms.… Read More As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

No impact for inquiry-based learning intervention (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with a study confirming earlier research like PISA 2015: The Education Endowment Foundation in the UK has published an evaluation of an inquiry-based learning intervention – CREST Silver Award. Delivered by the British Science Association, the CREST program aims to help students engage with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects… Read More No impact for inquiry-based learning intervention (Best Evidence in Brief)

Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

In this study the answer is parents, but I do think this study needs replication in different regions to see how it differs based on different cultures. I can also imagine other elements playing a role that weren’t included in this study. From the press release: A new study shows that the elementary school a… Read More Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

“Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?

Most of what we develop and achieve is probably due to a complex interaction between both nature and nurture, and if you try to combine one of the biggest elements in the environment – family and their SES – with genetics, it would be strange not to find a good prediction of academic success. Still,… Read More “Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?