Is a government-mandated reduced-class size policy likely to improve second graders’ achievement in France? The data say yes, but…

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with a follow-up study to an earlier post on a very popular theme: class size. Do note that the effect size is still pretty small for the high cost. As in the U.S., French students from impoverished areas demonstrate lower achievement than their more affluent peers. In an… Read More Is a government-mandated reduced-class size policy likely to improve second graders’ achievement in France? The data say yes, but…

Students who tolerate cheating in classroom may also turn a blind eye to unethical behavior in their jobs

Once a cheat always a cheat, or rather once someone who tolerates cheating, always someone who tolerates cheating? A new study seems to suggest this, but do note that a longitudinal design would really answer this question. From the press release: A recent study authored by professors at two California State University campuses, including San… Read More Students who tolerate cheating in classroom may also turn a blind eye to unethical behavior in their jobs

Play-based curriculum benefits young children and teachers (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with many studies showing little to no effect (also interesting and relevant), but this one is more positive: Findings from a randomized controlled trial of Tools of the Mind (Tools) suggest that the program improves kindergarten students’ academic outcomes in reading and writing, enhances children’s joy in learning and teachers’ enjoyment… Read More Play-based curriculum benefits young children and teachers (Best Evidence in Brief)

Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)

While the main focus of the media coverage on PISA 2018 will be on the rankings, two other volumes are also released today with a special spotlight on… the growth mindset by Carol Dweck. But while 15-year olds around the globe were filling in the OECD-questionaires, 2018 turned out to be not such a great… Read More Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)

New Swedish report on 1 laptop per child: no benefits for learning, possible negative effect on equality

Sara Hjelm pointed me to this new, Swedish report on giving every child a laptop in education. The conclusion is pretty clear: On average, we find no significant impact of 1:1 programs on student performance, as measured by their results on national standardized tests in mathematics and language at the end of lower secondary school.… Read More New Swedish report on 1 laptop per child: no benefits for learning, possible negative effect on equality

WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

There are new results from the WHO about the physical activity of teens and while boys seem to improve slightly, girls don’t and both of them don’t exercise enougH. From the press release: The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in… Read More WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’

Ah, the helicopter parents, meaning it so well, but… maybe not the best option? New research seems to suggest this (again). I do have to note that while I think this study is interesting, I do see some weak points as the study is more about the perception of the parenting by the children; is… Read More On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’