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What people are saying about my new book… The Ingredients for Great Teaching.

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This is the cover of my new book: The Ingredients for Great Teaching

The book has been a success already in Dutch with almost 1800 copies sold in 5 weeks time.

For who can’t read Dutch, the English version will be published in March by Sage Publishing.

Some people were lucky enough to read the book already, and had this to say about it:

If you’re seeking to improve your knowledge of education research but unsure where to start, you won’t find a better gateway book than this. Its insights are scholarly enough to inspire future study, yet practical enough to be applied in first period tomorrow.

Eric Kalenze
author of ‘Education is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems’

Pedro de Bruyckere helped to reveal the lack of evidence behind many intuitively appealing ideas within teaching in his previous book. In Ingredients for Great Teaching he takes the next logical step – pointing teachers towards the more reliable evidence about teaching and learning they can use in the classroom. This excellent and accessible book represents an important contribution to one of the major foundations of professionalism in teaching; expertly describing the evidence-informed, scientific insights that teachers can use to make deliberate choices for the benefit of their pupils and students.

Nick Rose
educational researcher and author

And there is also somebody else who read the book already, check the cover and yes, I’m proud:




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A totally different aspect of my scientific interests in a new book chapter: talking about New Beat

When I started working on my PhD 2 elements were key: education and popular culture, more specific pop music. After a while I had to make a tough decision and had to focus on authenticity in education. But that didn’t mean that I forgot about that other element. Yes, I’m still a musician, but also still a proud member of IASPM, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. And once and a while I still write something that is more relevant to the studies of popular music than to education.

There is a now book out soon called ‘Made in The Low Countries’ published by Routledge and edited by Lutgard Mutsaers and Gert Keunen. And there is a chapter in it written by me about a true musical genre that originated from Belgium: New Beat.

The book is expensive as hell,  and that’s a pity, because it’s a great book.

And if you don’t know what New Beat was? Check:

Btw, a main character in my chapter on New Beat is this great guy:

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Presentation: Urban Myths about Learning and Technology (at #rED17)

This is the presentation I gave at the National ResearchED conference, September 9 2017. The presentation is in part based on our book Urban Myths about Learning and Education and in part based on the recent article I co-wrote with Paul Kirschner published in Teaching and Teacher Education (yes the one that was mentioned in Nature).


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A short piece on mythbusting and possible misuse

Lately I’ve seen how mythbusting can be used as a tool to push your own opinion. I don’t like this, so let’s call it a myth. As co-author of a book in which Paul, Casper and myself try to debunk edumyths, I want to explain how we tried not to make this mistake.

First of all we use 3 categories to discuss the different items in our book:

  1. Myth
    The statement is untrue or almost completely untrue or there is no proof.
  2. Nuanced
    The theme is still a subject of discussion and science has not yet provided conclusive evidence.
  3. Unproven
    We and we emphasize “we” found no scientific evidence during the writing of this book

A second thing we did is that we checked each others texts for possible biases. The three of us have opinions of our own, but our book is not about us. E.g. we have a famous scientist in our team who co-wrote a very important article about discovery learning. Still, we labelled it nuanced as this is still a discussion in educational sciences.

To me this is very important. Some of the myths we debunked actually did hurt for myself, but Urban Myths is not about me or us.

At first I didn’t want to write this post, because I know Christian Bokhove will discuss this also at length in his ResearchED-talk next week. Still I did because I saw the mythbusting-technique being used once to often to try to convince other people of their own idea. I do recommend you attend ResearchED and more specific Christian’s talk.


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Here it is, the cover of the Swedish version of our book!

Urban Myths has been bringing us around the globe (both in Europe and the States). Next summer the Chinese version will be published, but February 4 the Swedish version will be released.

And… this is the cover and a bit of info in Swedish.



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My slides from ResearchED DC #rEDWash

It has been a blast, and it was truly an honor to be part of this great conference.

For the people looking for my slides, here they are:

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A new infographic by Nice Media based on our book: 10 Urban Myths about Learning and Education

I just received this infographic by the nice people of – ehm – Nice Media based on our book Urban Myths about Learning & Education, you can find & download the poster here.


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Presentation: Urban Myths about Learning and Education, #rEDScand version

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“Urban myths about learning & education” is conquering the world, read free chapter of our book in American Educator

Finally we can make it public that Paul (Kirschner), Casper (Hulshof) and I have great news about our book “Urban myths about learning and education”.

Today – March 16th – an article in American Educator based on one of the sections of our book, namely the section on ICT-myths is online. Go to


American Educator is – for professional publications in the area of education – can be compared to the Premier League. It is a professional publication intended for American teachers and has a subscription circulation of over 900,000 copies. This is not the number of teachers, administrators and policy makers (including politicians) that it reaches, just only the number of subscribers! The reach is a multiple of this; in the millions. Others who regularly publish there and whom we are honoured to join the ranks of are E. D. Hirsch Jr., Diane Ravitch, Richard W. Riley, Pasi Sahlberg, Daniel T. Willingham and William Julius Wilson.

Just a note: Apart from two articles by John Sweller, Dick Clark and Paul Kirschner, this is also the first product ever to come entirely from our little part of the world. It feels a bit unreal. 

But there’s more news. In the autumn, a Swedish translation of our book will be published by Studentlitteratur. The demand for a translation came after a lecture by Pedro in London last year – ResearchED. And finally several Chinese professors are doing a Chinese translation of the book. This is the same group that translated and published Jeroen van Merriënboer and Pauls book Ten Steps to Complex Learning”. The translation should appear next spring.

Meanwhile, Paul, Casper and I are also working on the sequel where we continue to monitor various “new” myths.

Oh, btw, there is also some other great news:

“Urban Myths about Learning and Education, by Pedro De Bruyckere, Paul A. Kirschner, and Casper D. Hulshof, is published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, which is offering American Educator readers a 25 percent discount off the purchase of this book through December 2016. To order, visit Elsevier’s online store (link is external) and use discount code PBTY25 “


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