The effect of the group on learning math, or the “Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect”

I have been fascinated by the effects of the collective in education – e.g. group composition – for a while now. No wonder this study also caught my attention as it shows that a student’s experience with math is affected by the composition of the group they are in. Weak students in high-performing math classes,… Read More The effect of the group on learning math, or the “Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect”

New data on COVID and education confirm trends, but there is also some hope

One of the most-read posts on this blog the past few weeks was on the effect the pandemic has had on education. Bottom-line of the 3 studies I mentioned in that post: the online learning didn’t have the same effect for most of the pupils and students and inequality has been on the rise. This… Read More New data on COVID and education confirm trends, but there is also some hope

A popular but incorrect idea: our brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside

It’s something I’ve head over and over again but that is corrected in this preprint by Cesario, Johnsson & Eisthen from which this is the abstract: A widespread misconception in much of psychology holds that (1) as vertebrate animals evolved, “newer” brain structures were added over existing “older” brain structures and (2) these newer, more… Read More A popular but incorrect idea: our brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside

Positive student-teacher relationships, not so much peer relationships, benefit students’ long-term health

We’ve known the important impact of positive student-teacher relationships on learning for a long time, but this study adds an important other reason to invest in this kind of relationship: health. Do note that this study is also correlational in nature, although the researchers tried to bypass this by looking at siblings in a large… Read More Positive student-teacher relationships, not so much peer relationships, benefit students’ long-term health

For the people who think that children have learned something else valuable during lockdown, you are probably wrong.

My previous post on what the effect on learning has been of the different school closures around the globe has gone a bit viral. A reaction I’ve heard before is that while the schools were closed and while teachers were doing their best to have a kind of distance education, children were probably learning other… Read More For the people who think that children have learned something else valuable during lockdown, you are probably wrong.

Some really bad news about learning during this pandemic, based on actual data from 3 different countries

With a second wave hurting Europe and the numbers getting worse again in the US, this is not a post I wanted to write. During the first wave many schools closed and a lot of teachers had to move online. This was a gigantic effort, but now the first studies are coming in and the… Read More Some really bad news about learning during this pandemic, based on actual data from 3 different countries

Show me your tweets and this computer tells you if you will succeed in school?

This is the kind of research that always makes me feel a bit itchy. For the research, the scientists used machine learning to analyze over 7 million social media posts and were able to predict the academic success of Russian high school students with an accuracy of 94%. The model generates its predictions based on… Read More Show me your tweets and this computer tells you if you will succeed in school?