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.

Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5

I’ve discussed this topic before, check e.g. here or here, and this new study again shows it: poverty can shape the child. From the press release: In a nationwide study, UCLA researchers have found that health inequities can be measured in children as young as 5 years old. The research, published in┬áHealth Affairs, contributes to… Read More Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5

Extraneous images draw attention from text, reducing comprehension in beginning readers

This study doesn’t surprise me that much, as it is line with previous findings on dual coding, but it’s worth repeating: busy images can hinder the reading ability of children. From the press release: Reading is the gateway for learning, but one-third of elementary school students in the United States do not read at grade… Read More Extraneous images draw attention from text, reducing comprehension in beginning readers

Don’t get this the wrong way: Teens who think their parents are loving are less likely to be cyberbullies

Again an interesting study but: correlation doesn’t equal causation this doesn’t mean all children from broken families will become CYBERbullies From the press release: Adolescents who perceive their parents to be loving and supportive are less likely to engage in cyberbullying, according to a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.… Read More Don’t get this the wrong way: Teens who think their parents are loving are less likely to be cyberbullies

Toddlers who use touchscreens show attention differences, but is that bad?

I guess the title has triggered you? Well, it did trigger me as much debate has been about the possible negative consequences, would this now also be the case? I hate to say it, but the researchers behind this longitudinal study can’t say it yet. Still, they already have some interesting findings! From the press… Read More Toddlers who use touchscreens show attention differences, but is that bad?