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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Teacher turnover is often rightly perceived as a problem for schools. A growing body of evidence finds that teacher turnover reduces student achievement, either directly because replacement teachers ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world. However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels ... read more

Helicopter Parents Take Extreme Approach to Homework

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study has revealed helicopter parents who take over responsibility for their child's homework can be doing more harm than good, especially as children get older. They often put more ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Many K-12 school efforts to reduce bullying have proven not very effective, leading educators to wonder what bullying prevention approach works best. A new study finds one anti-bullying program works ... read more

Teachers Reported Moderate to Major Concerns Prior to 2015 State Testing

Feb. 1, 2016 — Prior to the first round of K-12 standardized testing under Common Core education standards last year, most teachers had moderate to major concerns about test difficulty and low student performance, ... read more

Practice Makes Perfect, Study Confirms

Jan. 29, 2016 — Initial learning and performance at seven weeks led to increase in activation in cortical regions during visualization of the dance being learned when compared to the first week, shows a study on ... read more

Researchers' Preclinical Trial Upends Conventional Wisdom About Responses to Fear

Jan. 28, 2016 — For more than a century scientists have recognized 'freezing' as the natural fear response. But in a new study found that female rats often respond to fear by 'darting.' The ... read more

Want to Learn a New Skill? Faster? Change Up Your Practice Sessions

Jan. 28, 2016 — When practicing and learning a new skill, making slight changes during repeat practice sessions may help people master the skill faster than practicing the task in precisely the same way, researchers ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — A new study is the first of its kind to link nighttime instant messaging habits of American teenagers to sleep health and school performance. Media use among children of all ages is increasing ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A well-known songbird, the great tit, has revealed its genetic code, offering researchers new insight into how species adapt to a changing planet. Their initial findings suggest that epigenetics -- ... read more

A Green View Through a Classroom Window Can Improve Students’ Performance

Jan. 22, 2016 — High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to new ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Xavier has big brown eyes and freckles to match. He is a take-charge kid with sandy blonde hair and boundless energy. Xavier is also on the autism spectrum, diagnosed when he was 3½. Today, Xavier ... read more

Moms, You Think Babies Are Tough? Wait Until Middle School

Jan. 21, 2016 — Mothers are deeply invested in the well being of their children, so when children go through trying times so do their moms, according to a new study. Many assume that the most taxing years for ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Correctly diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study reveals a new clue to possible ... read more

Learning a Second Language May Depend on the Strength of Brain's Connections

Jan. 20, 2016 — Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain "talk" to one another may help explain ... read more

Group Learning Makes Children Better Decision-Makers, Study Finds

Jan. 19, 2016 — Children who participate in group learning develop better decision-making skills than children who study the same curriculum via teacher-led discussions, suggests a new study. More than 760 ... read more

Digital Distraction in Class Is on the Rise

Jan. 15, 2016 — A survey of 675 students at colleges in 26 states found a growing percentage are using smartphones and other digital devices for non-class purposes. Most students indicate no intention of ... read more

Mentally Challenging Activities Key to a Healthy Aging Mind

Jan. 15, 2016 — One of the greatest challenges associated with the growing numbers of aged adults is how to maintain a healthy aging mind. Taking up a new mental challenge such as digital photography or quilting may ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Changes in brain circuitry occur as young zebra finches go from listening to their fathers' songs to knowing the songs themselves, according to a new ... read more

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