Educating future generations

A collection of articles on psychology and education.

For the UN International Day of Education we bring you a collection of articles from our archive on topics relating to school and learning, including mental health, inequality, bullying, resilience and more…

Schooling the good citizen – A special collection on psychological attempts to shift attitudes and behaviour amongst the next generation:

Building spatial skills in preschool
Nora S. Newcombe looks beyond literacy and numeracy

The transition to school
Claire Hughes asks what matters and why

Can we be scientific about science education?
Zayba Ghazali asks what primary school children know about scientific concepts

Inequality and the next generation
Gary Thomas explains how the gradient of difference can impact upon identity in the classroom

Kiva – against Bullying
Christina Salmivalli (University of Turku, Finland) talks to Jon Sutton about her new approach to an age-old issue

Promoting mental health through schools
Is this field of development an evidence-based practice? Rosalyn H. Shute investigates

Teaching happiness – a brave new world?
Maggi Evans on well-being initiatives and whose vision is being pushed

Mindfulness in schools
Dan Jones investigates whether ‘habits of mind’ can boost the well-being and resilience of the nation’s children

Reimagining our school system
Anthony Montgomery and Ian Kehoe ask why schools get so little attention from organisational psychology

Raising school attendance
Anne Sheppard asks whether legal sanctions can really be the answer to problems of truancy

The need for a physical education
Matthew Y.W. Kwan and Guy Faulkner on the decline in physical activity during the transition to young adulthood, and the methodological challenges

Physically active academic school lessons boost pupils’ activity levels and focus
Christian Jarrett for the Research Digest

The education of children in care
Educational failure is the root of many social problems; Sonia Jackson and Peter McParlin believe psychologists can help

There is a second “window of opportunity” for learning in late adolescence and early adulthood
David Robson for the Research Digest

A beginning, and change, if you dare to look…

For our latest annual poetry competition, we received dozens of entries…

‘It’s an exciting time to be researching and writing about drugs’

Dr Suzi Gage is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Suzi about her new book Say why to drugs: Everything you need to know about the drugs we take and why we get high (Hodder & Stoughton; £16.99).

You don't have to have all the answers

Dr Hannah Alghali on what she learnt working as a clinical psychologist who doesn’t work in a clinic.


‘Life is mostly good, despite the greater power of bad things’

Dr Roy Baumeister is a social psychologist at Florida State University. For his new book, he joined forces with science journalist John Tierney to explore The Power of Bad. Dr Tom Farsides, a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex, fired some questions at Dr Baumeister.

‘Critical force for collective action’

In a feature from our Research Digest blog, Emma Young considers activism.

February 2020

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