Good questions help you learn, but what if those questions are too simple? A new study examined the quality of questions asked by the preschool teachers. Teacher talk consisted of about 24% questions during shared-book reading. Most of these questions were Wh-questions or those that required a yes/no response. Less frequent Why- or How-questions elicited longer responses… Read More Do preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions during shared reading? (study)
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies. And this time it has a new review that I will quote almost weekly, as it’s about a question I very often get: what is best for learning: print or digital. Answer is again: print. A recent meta-analysis in The Journal of Research on… Read More Printed vs digital text: A meta-analysis (Best Evidence in Brief)
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies. I want to pick this one as it is a theme that often pops up, but seldom with new data. The Ministry of Education in France instituted a policy in 2002 that reduced class size to no more than 12 students in areas determined… Read More A new study on class size in Best Evidence in Brief, and it’s an interesting one!
This study will hurt reading. No, really. Why? It shows that students think it is instructors’ responsibility to ensure they don’t surf the web in class, according to a new study. So, dear teacher you’d better be entertaining enough. It seems Neil Postman was right after all? From the press release: In a recent mixed-method… Read More YouTube killed the teaching star?
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief but I have to admit that this week the studies are a bit less ‘best’ imho. This study still seemed relevant to me: Previous studies have revealed gender differences in attitudes towards information technology (IT) literacy, with boys generally considering their IT literacy to be higher than… Read More Is there a gender gap in IT? (Best Evidence in Brief
Imagine students having to wear a brain reading device so teachers can tell if they have understood what they need to know. Possible benefits: no tests needed anymore? a real possibility to measure effectiveness But at the same time… it does sound as an episode of Black Mirror, or just a plan in China. Bring… Read More Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept
This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)