Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

This is the kind of study that gets me worried as it states that if the parents have a degree, their children also believe that they have to get one. This can put them under pressure. Reading this when my oldest son is expecting news any time now about his results in the strangest school… Read More Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

This review didn’t examine the effects of Corona and the different lockdowns around the globe, but did examine what we know about the relation between spanning isolation, loneliness and mental health for young people aged 4 – 21 and it does cause for alarm with effects that can sometimes be lagged. This all can mean… Read More A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

Correlation vs causation: Parents with degrees give their children significant advantage in maths

Is something is significantly predicted by higher IQ, higher socioeconomic status and greater parental education you don’t get answers, but more questions such as ‘how do those three elements interact?’ We do know that boys aren’t better at math by definition, but also the possible explanations given by the researchers remain an educated guess backed… Read More Correlation vs causation: Parents with degrees give their children significant advantage in maths

Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

Today we saw a new step in loosening the lockdown in Belgium, but kids still aren’t allowed to play. And this hurts. While this new study by Jennifer Fane and colleagues wasn’t conducted during the pandemic, it does show why losing the ability to play is a bad thing. From the press release: Social and… Read More Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

The challenges schools, teachers and pupils face during and after the current COVID19 crisis, the video of my #researchEDHome webinar

Yesterday I had the pleasure to deliver an online session for ResearchEDHome. You can find the slides here I received a couple of questions concerning the papers and studies I mentioned in my talk: You can read the recent paper on predictions and recommendations based on summer loss research here. The Dutch study by Thijs… Read More The challenges schools, teachers and pupils face during and after the current COVID19 crisis, the video of my #researchEDHome webinar

Are prematurely born children at higher risk of lower academic performance? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief, seemingly a bit shorter than normal is my impression. Still relevant research: Published in the open access journal JAMA Network Open, this systematic review and meta-analysis considers the associations between premature birth and academic achievement in reading and maths. Melinda McBryde and colleagues looked at 33 unique studies comparing the academic… Read More Are prematurely born children at higher risk of lower academic performance? (Best Evidence in Brief)

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.