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Engagement: Just because they’re busy, doesn’t mean they’re learning anything.

Originally posted on chronotope:
I’ve long thought that one of the weakest proxy indicators of effective learning is engagement, and yet it’s a term persistently used by school leaders (and some researchers) as one of the most important measures of quality. In fact many of the things we’ve traditionally associated with effective teachers may not be indicative of…

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Growth mindset: It’s not magic

Originally posted on Evidence into practice:
One of the barriers to opportunities afforded by education is the mindset of our students. There’s a considerable body of evidence supporting the view that implicit theories of intellect can undermine or improve student motivation in school. Whether the student directs their efforts trying not to look ‘dumb’ or…

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De verleidingen van toegevoegde waarde

Herblogd van mijn blog bij de Onderwijscoöperatie: Er lijkt de laatste tijd in Nederland een gunstiger wind te waaien in het onderwijs, niet in de laatste plaats dankzij de publicatie van ‘Het Alternatief’ in 2013. Dat blijkt onder andere uit de woorden van onze minister en staatssecretaris van Onderwijs en de nota Onderwijs 2032 van staatssecretaris […]

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What OFSTED (the British school inspection) Say They Want

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
A lot of teachers have been told that OFSTED will require them to stop teaching their classes and, instead, make children sit in groups knitting their own yoghurts, pausing only to be lectured on the minutiae of how to distinguish a level 5c from a level 4a. The…

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Hattie’s research: egregious errors

Originally posted on Networkonnet:
The egregious errors that beset John Hattie’s research are so pervasive as to prove difficult to encompass and thus lay bare – but various insights local and international are at last coming together to achieve just that. This posting argues that this coming together will reveal there is nothing about Hattie’s…

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Een Nieuw Curriculum voor 2032

Vandaag is het nieuwe project van staatssecretaris Sander Dekker van start gegaan, Onderwijs2032. Het is groots aangekondigd met een campagne op Twitter en Facebook, in de kranten, op de radio en bij De Wereld Draait Door. Terecht werd dit een grote stap voor het onderwijs genoemd, die het begin kan zijn van werkelijke verbeteringen. Daar […]

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Questioning Gagné and Bloom’s Relevance

This post by Christy Tucker, reblogged here, points out some of the problems I have also had with Bloom’s taxonomy and similar recipes (e.g., Gagné’s). We cannot blame good old Bloom for the abuse of his model, but it’s good to see someone emphasizing the lack of research support behind his theory. It’s fine, I […]

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Sexist brain myths

Today, in our mythbusting series, we look at ‘scientifically-founded’ claims about differences between the male and the female brains. It’s a recurrent theme in publications about health as well as education, ‘studies show’ followed by some claim about a new remedy to cure all ailments. Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett busted a popular neuromyth about […]

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Replication of scientific results should be the rule, not the exception

A recent special issue of the journal Social Psychology is dedicated to an admirable effort to replicate 27 studies that have been cited numerous times in the scientific literature and attracted much media attention. Social psychology has been plagued recently by a number of scandals, but now, it seems, social psychologists lead the way to […]

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Half of the Statistics in Visible Learning are wrong (Part 2)

In this second post about the statistics in ‘Visible Learning’, the author, British mathematician Ollieorange2, asks some uncomfortable questions about the self-correcting capacity of the education science community. For me, two questions remain: If half of the statistics are wrong, how does that affect the recommendations to teachers based on those statistics, and How much […]

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