Maths homework effort: Increasing autonomous motivation through support from family and school (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief, and one of the topics this time has been discussed quite a lot on this blog, check e.g. here: the influence of parents on homework. An article published in Frontiers in Psychology examines how maths homework effort among middle school pupils is influenced by adult support from family and school. The… Read More Maths homework effort: Increasing autonomous motivation through support from family and school (Best Evidence in Brief)

Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

This new study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age. This may not come as a surprise, but the study also shows that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout the school, although it won’t be the only… Read More Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

Maybe it’s a bit ironic in the current circumstances, but a new meta-analysis published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) builds on years of previous research studies and demonstrates the value of family meals. The news is shared by an organization that promotes families eating together, but the study is published in… Read More New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

New longitudinal study on the benefits of reading: it does seem to matter what children read

Found this study based on Spanish longitudinal via professor Wouter Duyck many of my readers – pun intended – will think it to be relevant. First of all the study by Jerrim et al shows – again – the link between reading and better academic results: Consistent with the findings of Jerrim and Moss (2018)… Read More New longitudinal study on the benefits of reading: it does seem to matter what children read

An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

The one-child policy of China – now already a thing of the past – has maybe lead to more women in education, a new study claims. Although the data doesn’t allow to give us real causal proof, the researchers did a lot to exclude other possible explanations. From the press release: A new study uses… Read More An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China