“We’re rediscovering how versatile teaching can be”

CSG: Reorganizing the standard curriculum requires huge adjustments on the part of both students and teachers. How are they handling it so far? WS: All 25 teachers have been working on this project for the past two years, and they have made a commitment to see it through. In the past, school development has always … Read more

Learning gains and equity during COVID-19 school closures

A dramatic decrease in learning gains While primary-school students made some progress while schools were closed, their learning gains were only half as large as they had been during regular in-person instruction in the preceding eight-week period. This is hardly surprising, given the fact that schools were required to move quickly to ad-hoc distance learning … Read more

Lockdowns threaten child development – can parenting programmes help?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been making life difficult for parents around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, many have struggled to give children the care and education they need. Stuck at home, families from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds have been particularly affected, says Jamie Lachman, an Oxford University researcher who co-founded the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) … Read more

Maths anxiety is a global concern

The negative link between maths anxiety and maths achievement is well documented across high-income countries, and new research points to a similar relationship in low-income contexts. This global concern needs to be tackled with early interventions for students, and teacher support. Such actions should reduce maths anxiety and improve maths performance. How often do you … Read more

“Children look to teachers as role models for how to treat their peers”

Jeanine Grütter discusses the influence teachers have on students’ willingness to include others, which may in turn affect academic achievement. Aisha Schnellmann: How do relationships with peers and teachers affect children’s academic success? Jeanine Grütter: Relationships with peers and teachers are very important for a child’s personal development. Good relationships with supportive teachers can protect … Read more

Do children’s explanations of performance increase the attainment gap?

Children seem to attribute individual differences in the classroom to inherent qualities, overlooking external factors that contribute to performance. This can lead to reduced motivation and achievement among more poorly performing children, potentially increasing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged students and their peers. But it may be possible to help children overcome their biases. … Read more

How can education systems better support kids from diverse backgrounds?

The education of our children is the foundation for a successful society. Yet we continue to see striking differences in the quality of that education. How can we improve our systems to help all children thrive? Strong, nurturing early relationships at home, school, and in the community, set the stage for healthy learning. Some children, … Read more