New meta-analysis and review: Digital books can harm young children’s learning (but this shouldn’t be the case)

My wife and I have been reading together with our children for over a decade. Once and a while we used a digital book, but most often paper was our first choice. This new meta-analysis and review by Furenes, Kucirkova, & Bus shows that this was a good choice as digital books may harm young… Read More New meta-analysis and review: Digital books can harm young children’s learning (but this shouldn’t be the case)

New study shows that the stereotype is wrong: male students don’t necessarily perform better than female students in science

I knew already for a long time that this thinking in gender stereotypes is flawed, but this new study again casts serious doubts on the popular idea that male students perform better than female students in science. Do note that the researchers did find significant differences, but with a weak effect size. From the press… Read More New study shows that the stereotype is wrong: male students don’t necessarily perform better than female students in science

Again: ‘Explicit instruction’ provides dramatic benefits in learning to read (but there is a twist)

Ah, the reading wars round number…? I don’t know, but again research suggests that explicit instruction — a phonics teaching method in which the relationship between sound and spelling is taught directly and systematically — is more effective than self-discovery through reading. Who knew? But wait, there is something novel in this as it’s not about… Read More Again: ‘Explicit instruction’ provides dramatic benefits in learning to read (but there is a twist)

A new study on how well parents know the quality of the schools of their children… Can you guess the answer?

I learned a long time ago that in Flanders a good reputation of a school can go back thirty years and often isn’t necessarily related to the actual quality. This new study reminds me of this. It’s an analysis of parents’ reviews of U.S. public K-12 schools, posted primarily from 2009 to 2019 on the popular… Read More A new study on how well parents know the quality of the schools of their children… Can you guess the answer?