Very nice graphic by Herman Van de Werfhorst showing age of between-school tracking in European Countries

Herman Van de Werfhorst shared this handy overview from his 2019 article on twitter.  More information about the article: Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. 2019. Early Tracking and Social Inequality in Educational Attainment: Educational Reforms in 21 European Countries. American Journal of Education, PDF,  DOI https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/705500  

The benefits of peer learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

A new Best Evidence in Brief with this time many interesting studies. I picked this one: Harriet R. Tenenbaum and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to examine results from 71 studies about the effects of peer interaction on learning. To be included in the review, studies had to include a comparison group. Peer interaction was defined as small… Read More The benefits of peer learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

Some personal notes about ‘ageism’ in scientific citing

Imagine that someone stated that you shouldn’t look at paintings that were painted before 2000 or that you shouldn’t listen to anything recorded in the previous millennium? You would probably smile and wouldn’t see the point. Still, it’s something I’ve heard several times when it comes to references in scientific papers. My personal experiences while… Read More Some personal notes about ‘ageism’ in scientific citing

A meta-analysis on the timing and content of effective feedback through text

An often overlooked benefit of Google Scholar is that the tool often shares interesting studies based on your own work and interests This is how I discovered this meta-analysis. The results summarized: Feedback supports learning from text. Feedback is particularly effective if provided directly after reading. If provided after reading, elaborate and correct-answer-feedback are most… Read More A meta-analysis on the timing and content of effective feedback through text

Interesting OpEd: A less noisy classroom equals a better learning environment

This piece by Arline L. Bronzaft on the effect of classroom noise on learning is really interesting and relevant with a lot of links included. A recent report on the impacts of background noise on children’s speech and learning referenced a study linking activity in the auditory cortex to a child’s difficulty in identifying sounds in a… Read More Interesting OpEd: A less noisy classroom equals a better learning environment

Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)

While the main focus of the media coverage on PISA 2018 will be on the rankings, two other volumes are also released today with a special spotlight on… the growth mindset by Carol Dweck. But while 15-year olds around the globe were filling in the OECD-questionnaires, 2018 turned out to be not such a great… Read More Growth Mindset and #PISA2018, a concept with some recent issues (an overview)