Everything Teachers Ought to Know with Pedro De Bruyckere

January 10, 2023

Being a teacher is both a privilege and a responsibility. This week’s Pursuit of Learning podcast episode features Pedro De Bruyckere. He is an Educational Scientist at Arteveldehogeschool & Utrecht University and the author of the book ‘The Psychology of Great Teaching’. He joined us today to talk about what teachers should know about the psychology of teaching. 

Throughout the conversation, we discuss replication, growth mindset & fixed mindset, Correlation & causation, nurturing nature, self-determination, cognitive load theory, typologies vs. dimensions, and more. Pedro dives into the results of psychologist, Carol Dweck’s study of growth and fixed mindset and explains the need of identifying where exactly it can apply. 

The environment we live in affects us, especially children. In terms of education, a child with the worst environment has more negative effects than a child with a good environment. Pedro dives into the nature versus nurture argument, saying that a child’s genetic influence will be bigger if they have a good environment. 

Pedro talks about how people get constant advice to develop themselves when they are children but not when they are adults. According to Pedro, some people find the transition difficult because nature’s influence is bigger than when they were kids.  

Everybody loves being creative. Everybody loves bringing new ideas to the world. But it’s hard to be creative if you are afraid of making mistakes. According to Pedro, a good knowledge base on what you want to achieve, a safe environment to make mistakes, and limitations are some of the practices to foster creativity in people. 

[02.39] Replication- Starting the conversation, Pedro defines replication in his book and how past experiments have failed to replicate. 

[06.34] Growth mindset – Pedro dives into Carol Dweck’s theory of growth mindset and the present idea about it. 

[13.21] Correlation and causation – Pedro defines Correlation, causation, and Correlation caused by distorting factors. 

[17.41] Nature vs. nurture argument – Pedro walks us through the nature versus nurture argument and explains the role environment plays in achieving good grades. 

[24.54] Nurturing nature – Every child needs a little push to be good at something. Pedro dives into the importance of nurturing the nature of a child. Finding something that they are good at and helping them to expand it. 

[33.17] Self-determination – Pedro defines the three elements of self-determination and what happens if a person themselves can’t see their growth. 

[38.37] Cognitive load theory – Pedro defines John Sweller’s cognitive load theory and the importance of having prior knowledge of your environment. 

[44.43] Highlighting – Pedro shares highlighting as the first best and most effective study method, according to a study in 2013. 

[50.16] Retrieval practice –  Retrieval practice is a strategy to pull out information from a person. Pedro explains how to cement stuff by doing a retrieval practice. 

[54.09] Duolingo – An American educational technology company that provides learning apps and language certification. 

[57.50] Typologies vs. dimensions – Pedro explains the reason for not having much psychological evidence for typology and having more evidence supporting dimensions. 

[01.06.12] Development – Pedro dives into the reason for having a bigger influence on nature when people get older. 

[01.12.22] Creativity – Pedro shares some practices to foster creativity in people.  

[01.22.58] Errors in reasoning – Making mistakes is inevitable for anyone. Pedro shares some elements people can use to avoid making common mistakes.


Connect with Pedro

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/pedrodebruyckere/ 

Website –  theeconomyofmeaning.com/ 

Mastodon – https://mastodon.social/@thebandb

Twitter – twitter.com/thebandb 

Amazon – www.amazon.com/stores/Pedro-de-Bruyckere/author/B00PITS9LK

Books by Pedro De Bruyckere – 

The Psychology of Great Teaching: Everything Teachers Ought to Know


The Ingredients of Great Teaching: Everything Teachers Ought to Know


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