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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 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

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

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

Medical School Program Addresses Rural Physician Shortage

Jan. 14, 2016 — Mirroring national trends, 97 percent of the 101 rural counties in Missouri are designated Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas by the US Department of Health and Human Services. ... read more

Students' Cognitive Functioning Improves When Using Standing Desks, New Study Indicates

Jan. 14, 2016 — Do students think best when on their feet? New findings provide the first evidence of neurocognitive benefits of stand-height desks in classrooms. These findings provide the first evidence of ... read more

Traumatic Experiences During Early Childhood Linked to Poor Academic Performance, Behavior Problems in Kindergarten

Jan. 14, 2016 — Adverse experiences in early childhood, including incarceration of a parent, and physical and psychological abuse, impede on learning and behavior development as early as kindergarten, according to a ... read more

Teaching Social Justice to Privileged Students Necessary for Change

Jan. 13, 2016 — Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but one expert says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real ... read more

Long-Term Benefits of Improving Your Toddler's Memory Skills

Jan. 12, 2016 — Preschoolers who score lower on a memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 12, new research shows. In a new article, the authors offer suggestions for how parents ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Understanding fractions is a critical mathematical ability, and yet it's one that continues to confound a lot of people well into adulthood. New research finds evidence for an innate ratio ... read more

What Should Be the Role of Computer Games in Education?

Jan. 12, 2016 — Game advocates are calling for a sweeping transformation of conventional education to replace traditional curricula with game-based instruction. But what do researchers have to say about this idea ... read more

Girls Should Expect Poorer Physics Grades, New Report Suggests

Jan. 11, 2016 — Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance. This was the conclusion drawn by a learning ... read more

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