New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

Maybe it’s a bit ironic in the current circumstances, but a new meta-analysis published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) builds on years of previous research studies and demonstrates the value of family meals. The news is shared by an organization that promotes families eating together, but the study is published in… Read More New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

The new Spring edition of American Educator was published today, with a new article taken from our most recent book More Urban Myths about Learning and Education. You can read the article here for free and this is what it all is about: Transfer of learning is seen as the use of knowledge, skills, and/or… Read More A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

How a cartoon in a textbook can hurt learning, a new meta-Analysis of the Seductive Details Effect

One of Mayer’s multimedia principles is called the coherence principle. This means that images, sounds, texts,… that are used in class during e.g. a presentation should be related to the content of what is being taught. A new meta-analysis by Sundararajan and Adesope examined the effects of the seductive details effect. This is when elements… Read More How a cartoon in a textbook can hurt learning, a new meta-Analysis of the Seductive Details Effect

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