Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort

For anybody who has learned about the system theory by Bronfenbrenner, this will not come as a surprise: Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort if they are to learn how to “thrive online,” according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. From the press release: Digital… Read More Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort

More physical activity, less screen time linked to better executive function in toddlers

Executive function(s) is/are a hot topic for some time now, while there is still debate about what is and what isn’t included in the list of executive functions and if you can have a long-term effect. This new study looked at the correlation between EF on the one side and screen time and physical activity… Read More More physical activity, less screen time linked to better executive function in toddlers

Replication in educational science? Things are getting very slightly better (but it’s still very bad))

In 2014 Makel en Plucker found out that less than 1% of the studies published in the top journals for education research were replication studies. Did things get better afterwards? This is what Perry, Morris & Lea tried to find out. And the answer is yes, but very, very, very slightly. Publication Year Total publications… Read More Replication in educational science? Things are getting very slightly better (but it’s still very bad))

Really? Teachers’ turnover intentions, burnout and poor work are related

This Finnish longitudinal study examined the connection between the risk of burnout, poor experienced teacher-working environment en what the researchers call persistent turnover intentions. This link may not come as a surprise, but the good news is: positive experiences such as enough autonomy in the workplace seem to protect against cynicism and exhaustion. From the… Read More Really? Teachers’ turnover intentions, burnout and poor work are related

What are the best bets for school leaders to promote students’ learning?

There is a new review report, “School Environment and Leadership: Evidence Review” by Rob Coe et al. The whole four parts are worth the read, but I know you have little time to read them. Bear in mind that the researchers went through 112 studies for their report, but still, if you want to know… Read More What are the best bets for school leaders to promote students’ learning?

No surprise to me: When school feels ‘like prison,’ test scores, college attendance drop

In some places in the world, schools have started to become almost prison-like to keep children safe. But what is the effect on learning? A new study examining this doesn’t give much hope. Students at high schools with prominent security measures have lower math scores, are less likely to attend college and are suspended more… Read More No surprise to me: When school feels ‘like prison,’ test scores, college attendance drop

A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

We’ve known the benefits of reading together with your child for a long time now, so maybe this review study isn’t that surprising as it’s also all about the interaction between the parent and the kid. From the press release: A new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has… Read More A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

Maybe we have been underestimating the Flynn Effect for decades

The Flynn Effect is a fascinating phenomenon: The Flynn effect refers to a secular increase in population intelligence quotient (IQ) observed throughout the 20th century. The changes were rapid, with measured intelligence typically increasing around three IQ points per decade. (source) Do note this element of 3 IQ points per decade, because a new study… Read More Maybe we have been underestimating the Flynn Effect for decades