Maths homework effort: Increasing autonomous motivation through support from family and school (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief, and one of the topics this time has been discussed quite a lot on this blog, check e.g. here: the influence of parents on homework. An article published in Frontiers in Psychology examines how maths homework effort among middle school pupils is influenced by adult support from family and school. The… Read More Maths homework effort: Increasing autonomous motivation through support from family and school (Best Evidence in Brief)

Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

This new study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age. This may not come as a surprise, but the study also shows that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout the school, although it won’t be the only… Read More Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

Even when there is no coronavirus doing the rounds, life can be quite stressful for teens. What does he or she think about me? A new study suggests that sleep can help. From the press release: A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them… Read More Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

The impact of increasing education spending: a study in seven states (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief, with several interesting studies. This one was new for me: A recent study published in the Journal of Economics examined the effects of increasing education spending on student achievement in more than 3,000 diverse districts in seven states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Money for the… Read More The impact of increasing education spending: a study in seven states (Best Evidence in Brief)

New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

Maybe it’s a bit ironic in the current circumstances, but a new meta-analysis published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) builds on years of previous research studies and demonstrates the value of family meals. The news is shared by an organization that promotes families eating together, but the study is published in… Read More New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

The new Spring edition of American Educator was published today, with a new article taken from our most recent book More Urban Myths about Learning and Education. You can read the article here for free and this is what it all is about: Transfer of learning is seen as the use of knowledge, skills, and/or… Read More A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math

I received this study through my wife as she suggested that I probably would be interested. She does know me well. This new study from the University of Washington suggests that a natural aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math knowledge. Do note: a stronger predictor doesn’t… Read More Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math