Authors Louis Volante and Francesca Borgonovi looks back into the long discussed topic of gender disparity in learning outcomes. They refer to the recent PISA studies and convey that things are changing, and the gap is closing up. However, the interesting problem is that, it is not the boys who are necessarily doing better, rather it is the performance of the girls that has declined.
In this article author Adam Carey explain how the gap of schooling quality between the wealthy and the poor is increasing over time with respect to teacher shortages. Research shows that students from disadvantaged schools are more than five times more likely to have their learning disrupted due to teacher absenteeism.
The AERA-NSF Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research.
Sabine Meinck and Agnes Stancel-Piątak explain in their blog the importance of early childhood education, and the factors that encourage early childhood learning. The blog post refers to their article 'Preparing the ground: The importance of early learning activities at home for fourth grade student achievement' in which they disseminate their findings basing on data from TIMSS and PIRLS studies.
In order to better understand differences between education systems’ performance, background information on non-cognitive variables such as instructional practices or students’ motivation for mathematics and science; the journal of Studies in Educational Evaluation has launched a call for papers for a special issue on TIMSS.