Leads prior domain knowledge to better reading or vice versa?

The short answer: they help each other! The much longer answer can be found in a new longitudinal study by HyeJin Hwang, Kristen L. McMaster and Panayiota Kendeou published in Reading Research Quarterly: The current findings provide a concrete picture of the nature of the bidirectional relation between domain knowledge and reading. First, even when… Read More Leads prior domain knowledge to better reading or vice versa?

The longterm effects of growing up in a negative environment

In our book, we discuss the complex interaction between nature and nurture. One of the things we explain is that a negative environment has a bigger effect, while a positive environment has a bigger influence on nature. This new Finnish study is another example of this, as the study shows that cumulative adverse psychosocial factors… Read More The longterm effects of growing up in a negative environment

Let us tell you a story

Originally posted on 3-Star learning experiences:
Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Learning strategies that have a high risk of being ineffective, are usually the ones learners prefer. We say, ‘have a high risk of being ineffective’, because the learning strategies we’re referring to, such as highlighting and summarising, are not necessarily ineffective. It’s the…

The effect of blended learning on student performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter written up by Winnie Tam in which every element seems to be important: Li and colleagues recently conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the effects of blended learning on K-12 students’ performance. Blended learning, also known as mixed or… Read More The effect of blended learning on student performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

Check this podcast about why a lot of children can’t read: Sold a Story

This is a must-hear podcast about learning how to read – or better how not to learn how to read. There’s an idea about how children learn to read that’s held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on… Read More Check this podcast about why a lot of children can’t read: Sold a Story

How poor children are often hurt twice by teacher shortages

Primary schools with vulnerable children are hit harder by the teacher shortage, according to an analysis of Flemish school data by Kristof De Witte and KU Leuven colleagues. This will surprise only a few people, as we’ve seen this to be the case in many countries and regions. Such schools are more common in an… Read More How poor children are often hurt twice by teacher shortages

New review published: How Diverse Is Diversity? An Exploration of References to Diversity in the Recent Literature in STEM Higher Education

Yesterday my old team from Leiden received a new publication related to the work we have been doing on tutoring and STEM. One of the side projects was examining how diversity is being studied in research on STEM. Lead author is Amber Bruijnzeel and the whole team participated. The reference: Bruijnzeel, A., Yazilitas, D., Smeets,… Read More New review published: How Diverse Is Diversity? An Exploration of References to Diversity in the Recent Literature in STEM Higher Education

The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement

Singing for infants is something that is truly universal. This new study shows that engaging infants with a song provides a ready-made means for supporting social development and interaction: Singing to infants is observed in all human cultures. Beyond known roles in infant soothing and social bonding, this study shows that singing to infants elicits… Read More The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement