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Information about education provided online, with recent results of scientific research and useful information for teachers, parents, students and the general public. Contributing to an informed debate.

When language prevents kids from succeeding at math
Opinion 22.09.2022 Reading time: 13 min

When language prevents kids from succeeding at math

Students who don’t read well or lack crucial vocabulary often face unnecessary obstacles — not just in reading but also in math. Why is that?


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Differentiate differently?
Latest Science 20.07.2022 Reading time: 16 min

Differentiate differently?

Differentiation is a pedagogical approach that considers student heterogeneity in the classroom. Most of the literature on differentiated teaching proposes a constructivist or socio-constructivist perspective. This pedagogical vision is not based on evidence. Jobin and Gauthier stated in 2008 that “the general meaning of this concept [differentiated instruction] still eludes us, as do its methods of application”. This is similar to what Kershner and Miles affirmed in 1996: “I think it's a term that is like a bar of soap, you try to grab it and suddenly it's out of your hand”. However, there is a different, more research-based approach to differentiation, namely the Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

Five ways our intuition can mislead us about learning
Opinion 13.07.2022 Reading time: 5 min

Five ways our intuition can mislead us about learning

Our perceptions about what’s working in the learning process often conflict with scientific findings. That can make it harder for teachers and students to be successful.


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What are the future reading challenges for Covid-era babies?
Opinion 23.06.2022 Reading time: 5 min

What are the future reading challenges for Covid-era babies?

We know the pandemic has had a serious negative impact on the academic achievement of school-age children. But recent evidence shows we also need to worry about Covid-era babies and toddlers.


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How home literacy experiences impact children’s reading abilities
Latest Science 15.06.2022 Reading time: 3 min

How home literacy experiences impact children’s reading abilities

When parents read with their kids, they improve their vocabulary and foster the development of brain areas that are vital for further literacy.


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Want Kids To Learn History? Ask These 4 Questions
Opinion 25.05.2022 Reading time: 4 min

Want Kids To Learn History? Ask These 4 Questions

History teachers generally get inadequate training and materials, and students often don’t learn much. Several initiatives are trying to address the problem, but only one—the Four Question Method—provides teachers with the framework they need.


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The making of a mathematics curriculum: a story of hope from Ballarat, Australia
Opinion 12.05.2022 Reading time: 4 min

The making of a mathematics curriculum: a story of hope from Ballarat, Australia

An example of how concerned citizens can and should speak up regarding education


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War and education challenges in the 21st century
Opinion 28.04.2022 Reading time: 6 min

War and education challenges in the 21st century

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has created the biggest human catastrophe modern-day Europe has experienced. Millions of Ukrainians, mostly women, children and other vulnerable groups, were forced to leave their country. How do we ensure fleeing children continue to pursue their education? And what skills do we all need in order to prepare ourselves and our children for an unpredictable future?


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Retrieval Practice and Processing Load
Latest Science 30.03.2022

Retrieval Practice and Processing Load

If you read our blog even occasionally, you know retrieval practice has many benefits. Retrieval improves learning and memory, reduces test anxiety, and can protect against learning losses associated with stress. Today’s blog post is about another benefit of retrieval practice, reducing processing load.


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Expanding Retrieval Practice for Preschoolers
Latest Science 22.03.2022

Expanding Retrieval Practice for Preschoolers

Compared to older children, preschool children are easily distracted, are poor at predicting how much they will remember, and tend to forget things quickly. Preschool children also do not tend to attempt to adopt effective learning strategies on their own. Given all of this, it is important to understand whether relatively simple strategies, like spacing and retrieval practice, can be implemented in preschool classrooms to help preschool children retain more of what they are learning in school.


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The hypercorrection effect and the benefits of practice testing in learning
Latest Science 16.03.2022 Reading time: 4 min

The hypercorrection effect and the benefits of practice testing in learning

Recent research suggests that students benefit more from being corrected when they are confident they were right in the first place.


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