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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016 — A study has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different ... 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

Gaming Advances Swedish Teenagers’ English Writing Skills

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study reveals that there are positive relations between gaming and English writing skills. The study focused on essays that students wrote in 9th grade as part of the national test in English. ... 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

Out of School and Into Debt? Calls for Teens to Better Understad on Money Matters

Nov. 23, 2015 — A new study has found school leavers and first-year university students don't know how to manage a car loan, repay credit cards or figure out mobile phone ... read more

Impact of Social-Emotional Learning on Academic Achievement

Nov. 23, 2015 — Teaching social and emotional skills to inner-city students can contribute to their academic achievement, new evidence shows. The project involved all students enrolled in regular or bilingual ... read more

Two Synthetic Phonics Programs Equally Effective at Teaching Young Children to Read

Nov. 19, 2015 — Two of the synthetic phonics programs, Letters and Sounds (L&S) and Early Reading Research (ERR), used by English primary schools to teach young children to read are equally effective overall. ... read more

Intervention Improves Teacher Practices, Student Engagement in Early Elementary Classrooms

Nov. 18, 2015 — A classroom program that helps teachers adapt their interactions with students based on individuals' temperaments may lead to more student engagement in kindergarten, more teacher emotional ... read more

Study Shows Why Four-Year-Olds Don't Thrive in Head Start Classes

Nov. 10, 2015 — Most Head Start classrooms serve children of mixed ages and that hurts the academic growth of older children, a new national study ... read more

Two-Year-Olds With Poor Language Skills Fall Behind at Play

Nov. 10, 2015 — Two-year-olds with poor language skills fare worse than their peers at play and, subsequently, fall behind socially, a researcher ... read more

Empathetic Teachers Enhance Children's Motivation for Learning

Nov. 3, 2015 — Empathetic teachers enhance children's motivation and academic skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic skills. A positive atmosphere created by the teacher also safeguards and increases ... read more

Early Intervention in Dyslexia Can Narrow Achievement Gap

Nov. 2, 2015 — Data demonstrate marked differences already present in first grade between typical and dyslexic ... read more

Language Literacy in Kindergarten Important for Success in Learning English

Oct. 22, 2015 — English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — An instructional program for parents helps young children retain the literacy skills and positive learning behaviors acquired in Head Start through to the end of the kindergarten year, according to ... read more

Home Reading Environment Is Crucial for Children's Reading Skills

Oct. 14, 2015 — Children that are seldom read to and whose parents read very little are at a disadvantage when they start school. Growing research indicates that there is a strong connection between a child's ... read more

Frequent School Moves Hurt Low-Income Childrens' Math Scores

Oct. 8, 2015 — Low-income students who change schools frequently are at risk for lower math scores and have a harder time managing their behavior and attention in the classroom than similar students who stay in the ... read more

Languages Less Arbitrary Than Long Assumed

Oct. 1, 2015 — A comprehensive case for supplementing the cherished principle of arbitrariness with other types of associations between form and meaning has been proposed by authors of a new ... read more

Finding Iconicity in Spoken Languages

Sep. 9, 2015 — New research shows that for Indo-European languages, like English and Spanish, iconicity is more common than previously believed. The results are important for understanding the nature of human ... read more

Probation for Schools Spurs Transfer Patterns Linked to Family Income

Sep. 9, 2015 — Schools placed on probation due to sub-par test scores spurs transfer patterns linked to household income, a study by sociologists finds. Their study of a school accountability program in the Chicago ... read more

Poor Motor Skills in Two-Year-Olds Could Indicate Slow Development in Mathematical Proficiency

Sep. 9, 2015 — Two-year-olds with poor motor function also exhibit poor mathematical skills, a new study shows. This knowledge will make it easier for teachers to identify children who may need extra ... read more

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