No, college students probably didn’t do better during the pandemic

It has something that has been shown again and again: Children in primary and secondary education have performed – on average! – worse during the pandemic Students in higher education often did better than before. But a new NBER working paper by Altindag et al begs to differ and warns that this could well have… Read More No, college students probably didn’t do better during the pandemic

New meta-analysis: Depression and anxiety symptoms have doubled among young people during the pandemic

I’m still busy reading the studies that I missed during my break, and this is certainly an important and depressing one as it shows that an alarming percentage of children and adolescents are experiencing a global-wide mental crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic From the press release: The UCalgary study is a meta-analysis, pooling together… Read More New meta-analysis: Depression and anxiety symptoms have doubled among young people during the pandemic

Cell phones and social media can also help teens cope with stressful events, but how?

A lot of people associate social media and cell phones with stress and other negative consequences for young people, although we’ve learned from earlier research that social media usage is often a symptom rather than a cause. But we’ve also seen that social media can actually help, this new study confirms this but adds the… Read More Cell phones and social media can also help teens cope with stressful events, but how?

20% discount on ‘More Urban Myths About Learning and Education’!

This is nice, our publisher Routledge gives a 20% discount on ‘More Urban Myths About Learning and Education: Challenging Eduquacks, Extraordinary Claims, and Alternative Facts’ by Paul Kirschner, Casper Hulshof and yours truly. Just go to http://routledge.com/9780815354581 (or the American equivalent) and enter the code FLR40 at checkout. More Urban Myths About Learning and Education:… Read More 20% discount on ‘More Urban Myths About Learning and Education’!

Men and women worry really differently about the impact of COVID-19

New research shows that there are gender differences when it comes to fear about the impact of COVID-19. Men are more likely to be concerned about financial consequences from COVID-19 while women report greater fear and more negative expectations about health-related outcomes. From the press release: The researchers, Sheryl Ball and Alec Smith, conducted an… Read More Men and women worry really differently about the impact of COVID-19

Why I shouted ‘no’ to my computer yesterday… Collective Student Efficacy

For the past few years, I was heavily interested scientifically in Collective Teacher Efficacy but was surprised nobody talked about Collective Student Efficacy. So, I started working on a paper on this topic. Trying to find arguments in research why we should pay attention to this or not and so on. I mentioned briefly the… Read More Why I shouted ‘no’ to my computer yesterday… Collective Student Efficacy

Very interesting read: The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does

I used to share interesting stuff I read somewhere on this blog. Maybe I should do this again more often. This article in Quanta Magazine is really worth your attention: But a brain map with neat borders is not just oversimplified — it’s misleading. “Scientists for over 100 years have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries… Read More Very interesting read: The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does

Interesting: A child’s educational success depends also on the genes that they have *not* inherited from their parents

This is a study that when you hear the results you first are a bit surprised, but when you start to think about it, it makes perfect sense. Children don’t inherit all genes from their parents, but those non-inherit genes can have an important influence as they do influence parenting. From the press release: Funded… Read More Interesting: A child’s educational success depends also on the genes that they have *not* inherited from their parents