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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 Revising, Read Out Loud
Latest Science 10.11.2022

When Revising, Read Out Loud

Very frequently, I give writers (my students) the advice that they should read their work out loud while revising. I give this advice because it helps me to catch errors in writing, but I did not have evidence to back up my advice… until now.


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Differentiate differently?
Latest Science 20.07.2022 Reading time: 8 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. There is a different, more research-based approach to differentiation, namely the Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

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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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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Mapping the Global Learning Crisis
More Useful Measurement of Mathematics Learning in K-12
Latest Science 20.12.2021 Reading time: 10 min

More Useful Measurement of Mathematics Learning in K-12

Measuring student progress in mathematics is harder than one might think. In order to make teaching act upon particular students’ difficulties, it is not sufficient to establish comparisons with a class evolution as it is not sufficient to establish simple and fixed metrics to accompany a curriculum evolution. Frequent formative assessment is key to constantly monitor, fine-tune, establish progressive and adaptive mastery measures and so help students’ understanding of math concepts and procedures. New research on measurement learning in mathematics gives hope that simple 2-minute class with well-chosen questions and practices may accelerate mastery of concepts and procedures.


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The COVID-19 slide in education: new data on learning loss
Latest Science 15.12.2021 Reading time: 4 min

The COVID-19 slide in education: new data on learning loss

COVID-19 led to school closures throughout Europe. Early evidence is showing that the pandemic is resulting in learning losses. At its peak, the pandemic led countries in the region to close their schools. Given the abruptness of the situation, teachers and administrations were unprepared for this transition and were forced to build emergency remote learning systems. To reduce and reverse the long-term negative effects, countries need to implement learning recovery programs, protect educational budgets, and prepare for future shocks by building back better. However, we need to assess learning losses from more countries.


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Reading bedtime stories: are parents helping with vocabulary building?
Latest Science 09.12.2021 Reading time: 5 min

Reading bedtime stories: are parents helping with vocabulary building?

Reading stories to children plays a fundamental role in their acquisition of vocabulary. In “Timing story time to maximize children’s ability to retain new vocabulary”, an article published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology in 2021, a group of researchers at the University of York sought to verify to what extent children between the ages of five and seven learn new words when listening to their parents tell them stories. The study also sought to ascertain whether reading is particularly beneficial in the period prior to sleeping. They reach some interesting conclusions.


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Smaller class sizes, better results?
Latest Science 03.12.2021 Reading time: 6 min

Smaller class sizes, better results?

The reduction in the number of students per class is a public policy with advantages and disadvantages that have received widespread discussion. On the one hand, this enables more individualised teaching in which teachers gain the opportunity to better identify the needs of each student. On the other hand, smaller class sizes may reduce the heterogeneity in the group as well as cutting the scope of autonomy of each student and undermining the purpose of cooperative works in addition to generating logistical problems for schools in terms of both facilities and human resources.


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The mirage of a meta-analysis on the positive effects of mobile devices
Latest Science 10.11.2021 Reading time: 3 min

The mirage of a meta-analysis on the positive effects of mobile devices

The use of evidence is a growing theme in educational discourse. One type of review of the scientific literature that is strongly associated with it is the meta-analysis. Meta-analysis combines results from a variety of research studies on the same topic into a single study in order to identify a central trend expressed as an effect size. However, meta-analysis is dependent on the quality and quantity of the research that is selected.


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