Very nice graphic by Herman Van de Werfhorst showing age of between-school tracking in European Countries

Herman Van de Werfhorst shared this handy overview from his 2019 article on twitter.  More information about the article: Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. 2019. Early Tracking and Social Inequality in Educational Attainment: Educational Reforms in 21 European Countries. American Journal of Education, PDF,  DOI https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/705500  

The benefits of peer learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with this time many interesting studies. I picked this one: Harriet R. Tenenbaum and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to examine results from 71 studies about the effects of peer interaction on learning. To be included in the review, studies had to include a comparison group. Peer interaction was defined as small… Read More The benefits of peer learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

Some personal notes about ‘ageism’ in scientific citing

Imagine that someone stated that you shouldn’t look at paintings that were painted before 2000 or that you shouldn’t listen to anything recorded in the previous millennium? You would probably smile and wouldn’t see the point. Still, it’s something I’ve heard several times when it comes to references in scientific papers. My personal experiences while… Read More Some personal notes about ‘ageism’ in scientific citing

The difference between observed and perceived learning in professional development programs for teachers (study)

Yesterday I found this interesting new study by Yasemin Copur-Gencturk and Ian Thacker. We’ve known that the perception students have about their learning isn’t necessarily correct, why should teachers be any different? Well, they are not: An analysis of data collected from hundreds of teachers who participated in different professional development programs indicated no correlation… Read More The difference between observed and perceived learning in professional development programs for teachers (study)

As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

I’m probably one of the worst persons to tell you, but sleep is important. This new study shows parents really can have a positive influence – although the sample size is not that big. In short: Parent-enforced bedtimes–along with later school start times–are the greatest predictors of sleep duration, daytime energy level, and depressive symptoms.… Read More As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

No impact for inquiry-based learning intervention (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with a study confirming earlier research like PISA 2015: The Education Endowment Foundation in the UK has published an evaluation of an inquiry-based learning intervention – CREST Silver Award. Delivered by the British Science Association, the CREST program aims to help students engage with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects… Read More No impact for inquiry-based learning intervention (Best Evidence in Brief)