Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD)

My posts for the Jacobs Foundation's Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD).


Hunger at school widens the attainment gap
Breakfast clubs may help children learn

Working memory training in school
Are there benefits for learning?

Emergency-proofing schools
How can education systems prepare for uncertainties?

The pandemic widens the attainment gap
How can disadvantaged students be supported?

Making feedback effective
How can teachers ensure students learn from feedback?

Consequences of exam cancellations
Will inequalities between students increase?

Teaching from a distance
How teachers can support their students during the COVID-19 outbreak

Supporting children's learning at home
How parents can complement the work of teachers during the COVID-19 outbreak

The importance of school breaktimes
Unstructured play helps students learn

Encouraging gender equality in schools
Teachers and parents should help fight gender stereotypes

The consequences of maths anxiety
It's not only poor performers who are affected

Adolescents need sleep to learn
So can we teach them how to sleep well?

Personalising educational materials
Learning should be tailored to individuals, not to ability groups

Should homework be scrapped?
The costs and benefits of working outside of lessons

Teaching children about diverse families
LGBT-inclusive education is important for children's wellbeing

Teachers learn about neuroscience
What are the key principles?

Supporting school teachers
How can we keep valuable teachers in post?

Overcoming students’ misconceptions
‘Stop and think’ helps them learn counterintuitive concepts

Promoting teacher autonomy
Educators want evidence and tools, not strict instructions

Fighting for educational neuroscience
It’s time to embrace the interdisciplinary learning sciences

School-based advocates for evidence
Can school ‘Research Leads’ improve education?

Translating questionable research to the classroom
Can we trust the results of educational neuroscience studies?

Ensuring research informs teaching and learning
How can we make educational trials work?

The fluctuation of IQ
What do individual changes in IQ mean for education?

Bilingual at school
Advantage or disadvantage for learning?

Students contributing to research
Drawing on students’ opinions and experiences to improve research

Creating a common language
Teachers and scientists talk to share their expertise

Teachers conducting research
Educational neuroscience benefits from educators’ research in the classroom

School bullying
An ongoing issue that requires prevention and intervention

Desirable difficulties in learning
What are they and how can they help students learn?

Thinking about thinking
What is metacognition and how can it help students learn?

Screen time for children
Searching for evidence

Nature and nurture in education
What is heritability and what does it have to do with education?

Gathering learner data
What are the potential benefits of gathering detailed learner data?

Precision education
What could the future of teaching and learning look like?

Electrical brain stimulation to enhance learning
Can and should it help children with learning difficulties?

Fostering a growth mindset
Is it as simple as it sounds?

Brain training for children
Can it have a meaningful, long-term impact on performance?

Identifying what works in education
The challenge of conducting research trials in school

Neuromyths in education
Separating fact from fiction

Bringing scientific evidence to the classroom
The rise of educational neuroscience

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