Executive functions have been popular in education for a while now, although still a lot is not really clear yet. This is in part because there is no solid agreement on what those functions are and what not, as also is discussed in this new article. The article itself is not a study but a… Read More Executive functions might not exist all in your head?
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.
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?
Earlier this month a The World Federation of ADHD published an “International Consensus Statement: 208 Evidence-based Conclusions about the Disorder” to answer the many questions and claims that often surround ADHD. In short what do we know about ADHD? ADHD occurs in 5.9% of youth and 2.5% of adults. Most cases of ADHD are caused… Read More What do we know about ADHD?
I was pretty convinced that I already had shared this study, but maybe I just read the study in November and talked about it to my students. I couldn’t find the post, so here you are. A study conducted by the University of Zurich’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics has revealed that not only… Read More New study shows how fellow students can improve your own grades
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
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)
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)
I replied myself in a very short way: As an educational scientist, I have to object. These are all fields of research. — Pedro De Bruyckere (@thebandb) November 26, 2020 My friends David Daniel and Daniel Willingham aka The Daniels made this more elaborated reply with extras.
I debunked this myth – made popular by Ken Robinson – a long time on this blog, and also more extensively in our first Urban Myths book. This new video uses new research to further debunk this idea. Link to the mentioned study under this video. The summary of the study by Tamara Paulin et… Read More Do schools kill creativity? New research debunks this myth again!