The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement

Singing for infants is something that is truly universal. This new study shows that engaging infants with a song provides a ready-made means for supporting social development and interaction: Singing to infants is observed in all human cultures. Beyond known roles in infant soothing and social bonding, this study shows that singing to infants elicits… Read More The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement

Discipulus Economicus: The Calculating Learner

Originally posted on 3-Star learning experiences:
Paul A. Kirschner This blog has been previously posted on https://www.kirschnered.nl/2022/11/09/discipulus-economicus-the-calculating-learner/ Maybe you’ve heard of the homo economicus (Latin for economic man). Wikipedia defines the homo economicus as “the portrayal of humans as agents who are consistently rational and narrowly self-interested, and who pursue their subjectively defined ends optimally.” In normal language: The…

Another gap that starts earlier than you might think: extracurricular activities in kindergarten

I don’t like the idea of a ‘gap’ between people, as Hans Rösling explained that it suggests that there are two groups with nobody between them while the majority can be found between the two suggested groups. That’s why I prefer talking about unfair differences. And this study shows another example of how inequality can… Read More Another gap that starts earlier than you might think: extracurricular activities in kindergarten

There seems to be a link between how you struggle with reading and socio-economic background

This is the kind of study that at first makes you raise your eyebrows: neuroscientists found that brain signatures of reading difficulties in students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are, on average, different from those of students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds who struggle with reading. On the other hand, we’ve known that poverty can shape the… Read More There seems to be a link between how you struggle with reading and socio-economic background

Is learner-centered education better? New study shows that there is currently little evidence.

This is a study that will stir some discussion, I think, as it states that there is currently relatively little objective evidence that the much-promoted ‘learner-centered’ approach to teaching is effective. This is in part because it’s much harder to research. The authors acknowledge that learner-Centred Pedagogy tends to be perceived positively by teachers and… Read More Is learner-centered education better? New study shows that there is currently little evidence.

A bit of news…

I seldom post something personal on this blog, but this is something I want to share. Worldwide there are some great organisations to help education, e.g. the What Works Clearinghouse, the Education Endowment Foundation, Dean for Impact, and many, many more. Recently I was asked by the Flemish minister of education if I would accept… Read More A bit of news…