The effects of school-wide interventions on school climate

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index:
By Sooyeon Byun, Johns Hopkins University Charlton and colleagues reviewed various types of school-wide interventions promoting students’ and teachers’ perception of school climate regarding engagement (quality of relationship), safety (the absence of aggression, bullying, and violence), and environment (quality of physical school environment). Only peer-reviewed studies published…

The effect of the group on learning math, or the “Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect”

I have been fascinated by the effects of the collective in education – e.g. group composition – for a while now. No wonder this study also caught my attention as it shows that a student’s experience with math is affected by the composition of the group they are in. Weak students in high-performing math classes,… Read More The effect of the group on learning math, or the “Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect”

New data on COVID and education confirm trends, but there is also some hope

One of the most-read posts on this blog the past few weeks was on the effect the pandemic has had on education. Bottom-line of the 3 studies I mentioned in that post: the online learning didn’t have the same effect for most of the pupils and students and inequality has been on the rise. This… Read More New data on COVID and education confirm trends, but there is also some hope

Are computer-supported literacy interventions effective for young children?

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index:
By Qiyang Zhang, Johns Hopkins University Computer-assisted learning (CAL) is gaining popularity due to its promise of cost-effectiveness, individualized approach, and enhanced engagement. However, before incorporating CAL in traditional classrooms, it is important to understand the effectiveness of CAL. Recent research, published in Educational Research Review, presents…

Magic and Science

Originally posted on Richard Wiseman:
I am delighted to launch a new series of videos that use magic to celebrate science. Fab sleight of hand artist Will Houstoun and I produced them, supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry and chemist Dr Suzanne Fergus (University of Hertfordshire). The three videos use sleight of hand techniques…