We’ve known for a long time now that it’s not as simple as stating that motivation will lead to learning or vice versa. TuongVan Vu and colleagues try to clarify this better in a new review paper (h/t Greg Ashman for pointing me to this paper). The researchers introduce a nice circular diagram summarising the… Read More New review discusses the complex reciprocal relation between learning and motivation
People have massively shared my second Funny on Sunday Post. One reply I received was quite telling: this never could be real papers as the titles are so to the point. This brings me to a new paper I’ve read… From the press release: Researchers from University of Arizona and University of Utah published a… Read More How to Write Research Articles that Readers Understand and Cite: 3 ways to improve in a new article (but I know you can guess them)
On Saturday Robert Slavin passed away. This is sad news for everybody who knew him and for educational research. There is a very beautiful farewell in the latest Best Evidence in Brief, the newsletter that Robert Slavin started. Besides the touching eulogy, the first study that is being discussed is the following: How effective is… Read More This is such a nice farewell to Robert Slavin in his ‘Best Evidence in Brief’
There is a new systematic review study on a topic that is highly relevant to the present situation. High‐quality evidence shows that, on average, school‐based interventions aimed at students who are experiencing, or at risk of, academic difficulties, do improve reading and mathematics outcomes in the short term. This is in line with a previous… Read More School-based interventions can help improve reading and math in at-risk children
Executive functions have been popular in education for a while now, although still a lot is not really clear yet. This is in part because there is no solid agreement on what those functions are and what not, as also is discussed in this new article. The article itself is not a study but a… Read More Executive functions might not exist all in your head?
The past year EdTech has been in the focus of educational news besides some kind of virus-thingy. But while a lot of people and tech companies are having high hopes that this situation will finally mean the big breakthrough of technology in education this new report shares a more gloomy story about the current lack… Read More A very different sound about technology in education: there is an ‘astonishing’ shortage of information about how rapid advances in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries
Ever since the first pen is mightier than the keyboard suggesting that you would remember more when writing notes on paper rather than by typing on a keyboard, there have been different positive and negative replications. Now there is some new research supporting the original claim: A study of Japanese university students and recent graduates has… Read More Paper versus computer, round 237 and 238, now again in favor of paper
It must have been 2012 when I first read Rousseau en ik (Rousseau and me) by Dutch philosopher Maarten Doorman. While it’s impossible to underestimate Jean Jacques Rousseau’s influence on our thinking about education and raising our children, I discovered that he was instead a jack of all trades but master of none. And then… Read More One of education’s fascinating dirty little secrets
Earlier this month a The World Federation of ADHD published an “International Consensus Statement: 208 Evidence-based Conclusions about the Disorder” to answer the many questions and claims that often surround ADHD. In short what do we know about ADHD? ADHD occurs in 5.9% of youth and 2.5% of adults. Most cases of ADHD are caused… Read More What do we know about ADHD?
This week I’ll only do live online classes with my students as they have asked our team several times to have as many live sessions as possible. Still, this new review study does show that prerecorded videos can help to learn. The researchers do plea for a combination of regular teaching and videos. Do note… Read More This review study gives a bit of hope – or depending on who your are some despair: prerecorded videos can help learning in higher education