KU Leuven

The psychology behind number processing

"5", "five" and "*****" are just the same, aren't they? Well, not exactly: while these symbolic and non-symbolic notations refer to the same magnitude, our brain processes the digit "5", the word "five" and the dot configuration differently. Mila Marinova looks into the psychology behind number processing. Such knowledge can help to make learning mathematics easier for children.
Pancorbo Valdivia

Coaching adolescents to develop skills for their life

"Sometimes I worry so much about my exams that I get physically ill." Some adolescents struggle with their emotions in stressful situations. Gina Pancorbo Valdivia wants to help them. In her research she develops a tool to help teachers and students to know how to assess and learn skills that will help them to overcome social and emotional challenges in their daily life.

Let students examine the past themselves

History is more than just a series of facts and events. It is also a science that critically examines the past. The research methods used by historians for this purpose are still very useful today. They can help to distinguish real news from fake news.
KU Leuven

How to get your school moving

Children should exercise about 60 minutes a day, but figures show that children in Belgium do not meet that standard. Rosalie Coolkens wants to use schools to help children reach that recommended hour of exercise.
Van Herck
KU Leuven

Combating dyslexia with audio books

Hearing impairments play an important role in dyslexia. For example, people with dyslexia are less able to hear the subtle sound difference at the start of similar letters, such as the 'b' and the 'p'. By offering children adapted audio stories in nursery school, Shauni Van Herck wants to tackle these hearing problems at an early stage.

Video coaching offers child care workers a new pair of eyes πŸ‘€

As a teacher or child care worker, wouldn't it be great to be able to press the pause button for once? Not to rest, but to be able to better observe the interactions between all those children in the classroom. Ine Hostyn has found a solution to this problem! Find out how she uses video coaching to give child supervisors a new pair of eyesΒ  πŸ‘€

Stereotypes about girls and boys πŸ‘¦πŸΌ πŸ‘§πŸ½

Are boys better at maths than girls? No, that is a typically Western idea. In Asia, they think just the opposite. Liselotte Vandenbussche wants to put an end to this kind of stereotype with GenderPro(o)f.
KU Leuven

Equal educational opportunities in and after corona times? πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ« 🏫

Organizing education in corona times is quite a challenge for schools. Fortunately, the teacher training colleges and their student teachers come to the rescue via the "Small Children, Big Chances" network. Carolien Frijns (Arteveldehogeschool) explains how they offer help so that all children can receive customized support πŸ’ͺ πŸ‘Š

Risky play? Allow it at school!

Climbing on the slide rather than sliding down? That should be possible at school, says Barbara Vandorpe, as long as the children who want to slide down have priority. She advocates risky play at school. "Risky playΒ allows children to push their boundaries and learn to deal with risks themselves."
Van Raemdonck

Less stress in education, how to get there?

No less than half of beginning secondary school teachers quit within five years. Lisa Van Raemdonck (University of Ghent) wants to do something about this. In order to achieve more well-being and less stress in education, she focuses on 'SEMS'. Find out what this acronym stands for and how she wants to achieve this in this pitch.

Exams and a smartphone: a toxic combo?

Heavy smartphone use results in poorer study performance, according to research by Simon Amez (Ghent University).Β To investigate this, Simon followed students for three years. Students with above-average smartphone use even score up to 1 point out of 20 less on their exams than their fellow students. πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“ πŸ“±
KU Leuven

How similar is the vocabulary of different language varieties?

A 'vector', isn't that something for mathematicians and physicists? Linguist Weiwei Zhang (KU Leuven) proves the opposite. She uses vectors to study related words and synonyms that appear in different language variants, such as "subway" in American English and "underground" in British English.