I replied myself in a very short way: As an educational scientist, I have to object. These are all fields of research. — Pedro De Bruyckere (@thebandb) November 26, 2020 My friends David Daniel and Daniel Willingham aka The Daniels made this more elaborated reply with extras.
This talk Martin and I had, was inspired by this post and this post.
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
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.
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
It’s something Paul Kirschner and I have written about before, and a new review study confirms: using electronic media while doing schoolwork negatively impacts learning. But even worse: any students believe they’re immune to any ill effects because they’re good multitaskers, which they’re not. From the press release: Scanning social media while listening to a… Read More New review on multitasking while learning: a big problem, but also an opportunity?
As an educational mythbuster I welcome this update to the The Debunking Handbook 2020 as it… summarises the current state of the science of misinformation and its debunking. It was written by a team of 22 prominent scholars of misinformation and its debunking, and it represents the current consensus on the science of debunking for engaged… Read More There is an update to the debunking handbook
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with again many interesting new studies and reviews. This time it was really hard to just pick one, but this is my choice today: Schools are inherently social spaces. On the one hand, they can nurture a sense of belonging, and close, trusting relationships. On the other hand, the… Read More The scars of school violence (Best Evidence in Brief)
There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and I picked this study as it’s a nice addition to our book: Students with growth mindsets believe their abilities are malleable through hard work, which in turn, will positively influence their school performance. A recent study by Ganimianevaluated the effects of a “growth-mindset” intervention at scale… Read More Another growth mindset study with not so good news: does growth-mindset intervention at scale work?