Again for who ever doubted it: Prior knowledge predicts new learning of domain-relevant information.

I was not sure if it was needed to post this new study as it doesn’t add a lot of new insights to what we already know. Still, in times of replication crises, it’s always worth noting that an existing insight still stands: prior knowledge is key and more important: there is often a Matthew… Read More Again for who ever doubted it: Prior knowledge predicts new learning of domain-relevant information.

What has the working memory to do with coming back to online classes after a short break?

Our working memory is a hot topic in education for some time now, but there is still left to discover about this bottleneck between sensory and long-term memory, as this recent study and paper explain. As often, this study actually delivers more questions besides some possible answers. From the press release: Imagine a 7-year-old and… Read More What has the working memory to do with coming back to online classes after a short break?

New study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

This is an interesting, although not really surprising study. Self-control or similar concepts related to executive functioning have been proven before to be good predictors. Still, one important question remains: is it trainable… From the press release:  Self-control, the ability to contain one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and to work toward goals with a… Read More New study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter: Social-emotional learning (SEL), such as the ability to set goals and manage frustration, have been positively associated with academic outcomes. These findings have encouraged policymakers to implement programs that help students build up their SEL competencies. However, the… Read More Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)

Making personality changes can sometimes promote success (and still, I feel a bit scared)

This is the kind of study that is interesting but can also lead to new myths in education. In short the press release states that this new study may hold the key to job success as it finds that young people who develop higher levels of conscientiousness and emotional stability during the transition to employment… Read More Making personality changes can sometimes promote success (and still, I feel a bit scared)