Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

This new study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age. This may not come as a surprise, but the study also shows that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout the school, although it won’t be the only… Read More Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

Even when there is no coronavirus doing the rounds, life can be quite stressful for teens. What does he or she think about me? A new study suggests that sleep can help. From the press release: A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them… Read More Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

The new Spring edition of American Educator was published today, with a new article taken from our most recent book More Urban Myths about Learning and Education. You can read the article here for free and this is what it all is about: Transfer of learning is seen as the use of knowledge, skills, and/or… Read More A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math

I received this study through my wife as she suggested that I probably would be interested. She does know me well. This new study from the University of Washington suggests that a natural aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math knowledge. Do note: a stronger predictor doesn’t… Read More Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math

Interesting study suggests our brain has two systems for thinking about others’ thoughts that develop in a different time frame

A new study shows that 4-year-olds can understand what another person is thinking, and not, as some have assumed, 1-year-olds. The reason is that we seem to have two different systems in our brains through which we can put ourselves into the shoes of someone else. The thing is: these two systems mature at different… Read More Interesting study suggests our brain has two systems for thinking about others’ thoughts that develop in a different time frame

Similarities in structure and essence guide our memory more than surface similarities

All research on memory is fascinating and often relevant to education. In this new study, researchers found that similarities in structure and essence guide our recollections rather than surface similarities. It is only when individuals lack sufficient knowledge that they turn to the surface clues to recollect a situation. So maybe, this study suggests we… Read More Similarities in structure and essence guide our memory more than surface similarities