Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

Today we saw a new step in loosening the lockdown in Belgium, but kids still aren’t allowed to play. And this hurts. While this new study by Jennifer Fane and colleagues wasn’t conducted during the pandemic, it does show why losing the ability to play is a bad thing. From the press release: Social and… Read More Something I can relate to: Child’s play is ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

A bit of a depressing study: “Pre-service teacher education may perpetuate myths about teaching and learning”

True, the sample is rather small, non-longitudinal and the researchers, Rogers and Cheung, call it rightfully preliminary findings, but still: the results are very depressing: This study examined the beliefs of pre-service teachers with regard to the myths of learning styles and multiple intelligences. Survey data indicated that that the student teachers generally endorsed these… Read More A bit of a depressing study: “Pre-service teacher education may perpetuate myths about teaching and learning”

New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next

Yesterday the Chartered College of Teaching has published a new review of research evidence on school closures and international approaches to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the main findings: The impact of school closures on learning Research evidence on ‘summer learning loss’ suggests that children from lower income families are usually more adversely… Read More New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next

How does teacher support matter for the mental well-being of students? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and every study mentioned in this newsletter is worth sharing this time, so it was hard to pick just one. But as I see how much the mental well-being of many pupils and students is under pressure, I chose those one: Teacher support is one of the… Read More How does teacher support matter for the mental well-being of students? (Best Evidence in Brief)