Yesterday I found this NBER-working paper via this tweet: This study was able to identify cheaters in a science course at a top university (shared wrong answers were a more powerful indicator than shared right ones) 10% of students cheated! The problem was completely solved with a simple change: random seating. https://t.co/fwKHy7wFzh pic.twitter.com/qGyMOj6L53 — Ethan… Read More This study showed that at least 10% of the students cheated on the test, but there is a very cheap solution!
One of the things I’m currently involved in is a Ph.D. by Bart Derre on entrepreneurial learning with already one article in review and a second soon to be submitted. Bart has done intensive literature reviews and we discovered that the quality of a lot of research can be regarded as sublevel. This new paper… Read More “Business school research is broken”
Last year I had the honor and pleasure of writing an article together with David Daniel about the role psychological research plays in informing teaching. This article has now been published in Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. An excerpt: The typical set-up in much of the pedagogical research is a treatment vs. no treatment (or “business as… Read More New article: “Teaching is a necessary, and as yet unfulfilled, goal of psychological science”
I found this new meta-analysis via Jeroen Janssen and I think it will stir some reactions as it deals with an important question: what do you need to do first to teach your students something new? Do you first need to let your students solve a problem before giving them instruction (PS-I) or vice versa,… Read More What needs to come first: instruction or solving a problem?
No, I will never get used to this. We first wrote our book in Dutch. This was followed by the extremely popular version in English (with still at least one copy sold every single day, imagine that), a version in Swedish and even a Chinese edition. And now the Spanish version has been published. Muchas… Read More Mitos urbanos sobre aprendizaje y educación (Our first Urban Myths about Learning and Education now available in Spanish)
We’ve seen before that the mental state of teachers can have an impact on how children e.g. behave in class. No, really. Those studies suggested that this could also have a further negative effect on learning, something that has now – again – been confirmed by this new study which adds important insights about the… Read More New study confirms the importance of teachers’ wellbeing for learning
We’ve known for a long time that there is a correlation between the educational level of mothers and surviving as a child. But this new review study published in The Lancet shows also the importance of fathers’ education even in rich countries! From the press release: Every day, around 15 000 children under the age of… Read More Children of well-educated mothers and fathers have higher survival rates
I think this is a very interesting study as it made me look in a different way at something that seemed logical but is not. I do also think that there is some causal relationship is being mixed up with a mere correlation in the press release, luckily not in the actual study. From the… Read More Being rejected or being isolated from social groups as a young adolescent are two different things
Whenever I talk about the replication crisis I can face some feedback from both members of the audience and scientists that it’s maybe not so wise to mention this to the broad public. I disagree, as for me, the replication crisis is a perfect example of the self-correcting nature of science. This new study about… Read More How news coverage affects public trust in science
I have written extensively about the negative impact of stress during the early years of a child’s life, but this new study describes also the possibilities as it seems that there is a positive effect of active learning at a young age. This is an impressive longitudinal study, although the amount of participants isn’t that… Read More How the first five years of life help shape the brain