New review discusses the complex reciprocal relation between learning and motivation

We’ve known for a long time now that it’s not as simple as stating that motivation will lead to learning or vice versa. TuongVan Vu and colleagues try to clarify this better in a new review paper (h/t Greg Ashman for pointing me to this paper). The researchers introduce a nice circular diagram summarising the… Read More New review discusses the complex reciprocal relation between learning and motivation

This is such a nice farewell to Robert Slavin in his ‘Best Evidence in Brief’

On Saturday Robert Slavin passed away. This is sad news for everybody who knew him and for educational research. There is a very beautiful farewell in the latest Best Evidence in Brief, the newsletter that Robert Slavin started. Besides the touching eulogy, the first study that is being discussed is the following: How effective is… Read More This is such a nice farewell to Robert Slavin in his ‘Best Evidence in Brief’

Social inequality persists, regardless of educational achievement

Education can do a lot – even miracles, trust me – but education can’t do everything. A recent study finds that in the US social inequality persists, regardless of educational achievement – particularly for men. From the press release: “Education is not the equalizer that many people think it is,” says Anna Manzoni, author of… Read More Social inequality persists, regardless of educational achievement

Describing Groups To Children Using Generic Language Can Accidentally Teach Them Social Stereotypes

Research Digest ByMatthew Warren When we talk to children about the characteristics of boys and girls, our word choice and syntax can profoundly shape what they take away from the conversation. Even attempts to dispel stereotypes can backfire: as we recently reported, telling kids that girls are “as good as” boys at maths can actually… Read More Describing Groups To Children Using Generic Language Can Accidentally Teach Them Social Stereotypes