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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

New Study Calls for Radical Shake-Up of the Early Years Curriculum to Help Boost Achievements of Summer Born Children

June 4, 2015 — A new study has suggested that summer born children struggle at school entry because of unrealistic education targets and a curriculum that is out of step with their developmental ... read more

Patient Information Too High for Patients' Literacy: New Australian Research

June 1, 2015 — More than 90 percent of educational materials written for kidney disease patients is higher than an average patient's literacy, according to a new Australian study. The average adult patient has ... read more

Low Health Literacy Linked to Heart Failure Deaths After Hospitalization

Apr. 29, 2015 — Acute heart failure patients are more likely to die within two years of hospitalization if they have trouble understanding and using health information. Living with heart failure can be complex, so ... read more

Giving Books to Kids Before Summer Break Can Stem Reading Losses

Apr. 25, 2015 — A new study shows that giving students books at the end of the school year can help stem losses in reading ... read more

A New Path to English Language Learning

Apr. 20, 2015 — The growth in the number of English language learners in US schools is placing new burdens on teachers who may not have the training to help these students. A new writing curriculum shows it helps ... read more

Literacy App Improves School Readiness in at-Risk Preschoolers

Apr. 19, 2015 — Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research. "Guided use of an educational app may ... read more

A Scientific Look at the Art of Teacher Talk

Apr. 16, 2015 — Specific ways teachers talk to their students had a direct impact on literacy skill building in a study of elementary school students, experts ... read more

Kindergartners Who Shared iPads in Class Scored Higher on Achievement Tests

Apr. 10, 2015 — A promising study found that kindergartners in classes with shared iPads significantly outscored their peers on achievement tests who were in classes that had no iPads or classes with iPads for each ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — The connection between good nutrition and good grades has been reinforced by new research that finds that free school breakfasts help students from low-income families perform better ... read more

Jan. 26, 2015 — Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys ... read more

Early English Exposure Prepares Spanish-Speaking Children for Academic Success

Jan. 23, 2015 — Family members, teachers and peers can play different roles in shaping Spanish-speaking children's school readiness and English skills that are vital to children's academic success, ... read more

Parents' Belief That a Child Will Attend College Plays Big Role in Early Academic Success

Jan. 23, 2015 — The factors influencing children's readiness for kindergarten include not only whether they attend preschool, but also their families' behaviors, attitudes and values, research indicates. ... read more

Fast-Food Consumption Linked to Lower Test Score Gains in 8th Graders

Dec. 22, 2014 — The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new America-wide study suggests. This study can't say why fast-food consumption is linked to lower grades, but ... read more

Anyone Who Is Good at German Learns English Better

Dec. 10, 2014 — Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English – ... read more

Languages of Medical Residency Applicants Compared to Patients With Limited English

Dec. 10, 2014 — An analysis of the non-English-language skills of U.S. medical residency applicants finds that although they are linguistically diverse, most of their languages do not match the languages spoken by ... read more

Even in Our Digital Age, Early Parental Writing Support Is Key to Children's Literacy

Dec. 9, 2014 — Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens. A new study says that preschoolers should be encouraged to write at a young ... read more

Full-Day Preschool Linked With Increased School Readiness Compared With Part-Day

Nov. 25, 2014 — Children who attended a full-day preschool program had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills (language, math, socio-emotional development, and physical health), increased attendance, ... read more

Focusing on Executive Functions in Kindergarten Leads to Lasting Academic Improvements

Nov. 12, 2014 — An educational approach focused on the development of children’s executive functions – the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and ... read more

Tool Enhances Social Inclusion for People With Autism

Oct. 15, 2014 — A tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders has been developed. It works by adapting written documents into a format that is easier for them to read and understand, researchers ... read more

Children Understand Familiar Voices Better Than Those of Strangers

Oct. 6, 2014 — Familiar voices can improve spoken language processing among school-age children, according to a study. However, the advantage of hearing a familiar voice only helps children to process and ... read more

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