School-based interventions can help improve reading and math in at-risk children

There is a new systematic review study on a topic that is highly relevant to the present situation. High‐quality evidence shows that, on average, school‐based interventions aimed at students who are experiencing, or at risk of, academic difficulties, do improve reading and mathematics outcomes in the short term. This is in line with a previous… Read More School-based interventions can help improve reading and math in at-risk children

New meta-analysis and review: Digital books can harm young children’s learning (but this shouldn’t be the case)

My wife and I have been reading together with our children for over a decade. Once and a while we used a digital book, but most often paper was our first choice. This new meta-analysis and review by Furenes, Kucirkova, & Bus shows that this was a good choice as digital books may harm young… Read More New meta-analysis and review: Digital books can harm young children’s learning (but this shouldn’t be the case)

A new study on how well parents know the quality of the schools of their children… Can you guess the answer?

I learned a long time ago that in Flanders a good reputation of a school can go back thirty years and often isn’t necessarily related to the actual quality. This new study reminds me of this. It’s an analysis of parents’ reviews of U.S. public K-12 schools, posted primarily from 2009 to 2019 on the popular… Read More A new study on how well parents know the quality of the schools of their children… Can you guess the answer?

Making personality changes can sometimes promote success (and still, I feel a bit scared)

This is the kind of study that is interesting but can also lead to new myths in education. In short the press release states that this new study may hold the key to job success as it finds that young people who develop higher levels of conscientiousness and emotional stability during the transition to employment… Read More Making personality changes can sometimes promote success (and still, I feel a bit scared)

For the people who think that children have learned something else valuable during lockdown, you are probably wrong.

My previous post on what the effect on learning has been of the different school closures around the globe has gone a bit viral. A reaction I’ve heard before is that while the schools were closed and while teachers were doing their best to have a kind of distance education, children were probably learning other… Read More For the people who think that children have learned something else valuable during lockdown, you are probably wrong.

Some really bad news about learning during this pandemic, based on actual data from 3 different countries

With a second wave hurting Europe and the numbers getting worse again in the US, this is not a post I wanted to write. During the first wave many schools closed and a lot of teachers had to move online. This was a gigantic effort, but now the first studies are coming in and the… Read More Some really bad news about learning during this pandemic, based on actual data from 3 different countries

New study on “The Intergenerational Transmission of Teaching” about how teaching can run in the family.

It’s something I often ask my students: who’s father or mother are teachers themselves? Often a majority raises their hands. This new study by Jacintho and Gershenson published in the American Educational Research Journal seems to confirm this trend. Examining the data taken from the American National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 1979 and Child… Read More New study on “The Intergenerational Transmission of Teaching” about how teaching can run in the family.