Prof Daniel Muijs is Dean of the School of Education and Society at Academica University of Applied Sciences and visiting professor at the University of Southampton. He previously worked as Deputy Director Research and Evaluation at Ofsted, and as professor at education departments at the universities of Southampton, Manchester and Newcastle.
Daniel is an expert in educational effectiveness, and co-editor of the journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement.
- Motivation and learning: what comes first?The importance of motivation has long been a contentious topic in education. At first sight it seems straightforward: if our pupils are motivated, they will learn better. After all, isn’t that also true of ourselves, don’t we work harder when we do something that motivates us? No surprise then that there have been many initiativesContinue reading “Motivation and learning: what comes first?”
- On the generic and the specificI recently read this excellent journal article on the structure of academic self-concept by Arens et al (2021). The article is about different models of academic self-concept (pupils self-perceptions of their own performance or ability in school subjects), and looks in part at whether or not there is a ‘general’ academic self-concept (across subjects, example question: ‘I’mContinue reading “On the generic and the specific”
- Not all evidence is good evidenceNot all evidence is good evidence We have a growing problem in evidence-based education. To the credit of many, especially the classroom teachers who have driven this and organisations such as ResearchEd, we have seen growing interest in evidence-based practice in education. However, the growing popularity of the movement is leading to a bandwagon-effect, inContinue reading “Not all evidence is good evidence”