Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

In this study the answer is parents, but I do think this study needs replication in different regions to see how it differs based on different cultures. I can also imagine other elements playing a role that weren’t included in this study. From the press release: A new study shows that the elementary school a… Read More Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

“Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?

Most of what we develop and achieve is probably due to a complex interaction between both nature and nurture, and if you try to combine one of the biggest elements in the environment – family and their SES – with genetics, it would be strange not to find a good prediction of academic success. Still,… Read More “Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?

A meta-analysis on the timing and content of effective feedback through text

An often overlooked benefit of Google Scholar is that the tool often shares interesting studies based on your own work and interests This is how I discovered this meta-analysis. The results summarized: Feedback supports learning from text. Feedback is particularly effective if provided directly after reading. If provided after reading, elaborate and correct-answer-feedback are most… Read More A meta-analysis on the timing and content of effective feedback through text

Interesting OpEd: A less noisy classroom equals a better learning environment

This piece by Arline L. Bronzaft on the effect of classroom noise on learning is really interesting and relevant with a lot of links included. A recent report on the impacts of background noise on children’s speech and learning referenced a study linking activity in the auditory cortex to a child’s difficulty in identifying sounds in a… Read More Interesting OpEd: A less noisy classroom equals a better learning environment