Home visits show effect on absenteeism and performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies, such as this one: A new study by Steven Sheldon and Sol Bee Jung from our own Johns Hopkins School of Education examines Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV), a strategy for engaging educators and families as a team to support student achievement. The PTHV… Read More Home visits show effect on absenteeism and performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

New very interesting research on ‘bullshitters’, based on PISA-data

I found this new study by John Jerrim, Phil Parker and Nikki Shure through a tweet by Christian Bokhove.  Before you get offended by the concept of ‘bullshitters’, first let me explain to you what is meant by it: Bullshitting is a well-known social phenomenon. It can be summarised as a situation where an individual… Read More New very interesting research on ‘bullshitters’, based on PISA-data

The possible lasting effect of bullying: school bullying increases chances of mental health issues and unemployment in later life

As a victim of bullying when I was a kid, I’m so happy that being bullied doesn’t mean by definition you’ll end up in misery in later life, but this new study does suggest the chances for negative influences on later life do increase. Do note, that as it’s a study presented at a conference,… Read More The possible lasting effect of bullying: school bullying increases chances of mental health issues and unemployment in later life

Can attention span in infancy predict later executive function? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies, such as this one, although I do think it can be regarded in part for an extra argument that executive functions (note the plural) are heavily influenced by nature: Infant attention skills are significantly related to preschool executive function at age three, according to… Read More Can attention span in infancy predict later executive function? (Best Evidence in Brief)

How many words are sufficient to recognize the author? 12 or less!

Well, if you want to recognize my texts, just count the typo’s ;). No, seriously, I’ve heard about software that was able to write in a certain style of a famous author. This study shows that people are more original than you might have thought. The author’s individuality can already be seen in connections between… Read More How many words are sufficient to recognize the author? 12 or less!

Gender differences in spatial skills probably start in elementary school (meta-analysis)

Is it nature or nurture that men seem to better in spatial skills than women? Well, a new meta-analysis suggests that nurture plays a role and a takeaway idea for parents is that parents it’s a good idea to encourage both their daughters and sons to play with blocks and other construction items that might… Read More Gender differences in spatial skills probably start in elementary school (meta-analysis)