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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

June 24, 2016 — A researcher has developed an adjustable tables where the front portion can be tilted for easy reading and writing in order to minimize the ergonomic health risks among school ... read more

Teachers Optimistic About Common Core Writing Standards, but Not Tests

June 22, 2016 — Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, but they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards -- and with the associated state writing ... read more

Preschool Academic Skills Improve Only When Instruction Is Good to Excellent

June 7, 2016 — As the overall quality of instruction in preschool classrooms increases, children experience better outcomes across a range of skills, but the needle only moves on language and reading skills when ... read more

Foreign Language Teachers Facing a Confidence Conundrum

May 18, 2016 — Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine the quality of ... read more

First Graders Can Analyze Stories Like Experts

May 12, 2016 — With a little help, six-year-olds can read texts in the same way as adult literary ... read more

Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?

Apr. 26, 2016 — Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper ... read more

American Teacher Panel Surveys Teachers' Knowledge, Perceptions of State Standards

Apr. 18, 2016 — In June and October of 2015, investigators surveyed teachers on their understanding of state standards and what instructional materials are used in the classroom to teach the standards, as well as ... read more

Connecting Disadvantaged Immigrant Students to Community Resources May Boost School Achievement

Mar. 30, 2016 — A longitudinal study of first-generation immigrant students shows how a community-based intervention can help boost test scores and narrow the achievement gap between immigrant children and their ... read more

Science Curriculum Tailored to English Language Learners Boosts Student Achievement

Mar. 11, 2016 — In a large-scale study involving more than 6,000 fifth graders, an innovative science curriculum was found to have a positive impact on science learning for students with different levels of English ... read more

Children Born Prematurely Are Disadvantaged at School and Into Adulthood but Delaying School Entry May Not Be the Answer

Mar. 9, 2016 — Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by ... read more

Is Educational Neuroscience a Waste of Money?

Mar. 9, 2016 — Educational neuroscience has little to offer schools or children's education, according to new research. The paper points out that understanding the role of different structures of the brain ... read more

Study of Cognitive Development in Deaf Children Revisits Longstanding Debate

Feb. 13, 2016 — With the advent of universal newborn hearing screening and improved technologies such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language and not learning sign language. ... read more

Difficult Grammar Affects Music Experience

Feb. 3, 2016 — Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the ... read more

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

Wearing Glasses Improves Reading Fluency for Kids With 'High' Astigmatism

Jan. 27, 2016 — For children with severe astigmatism, wearing glasses to correct blurred vision can significantly improve accurate reading speed, reports a new study. Astigmatism is a common condition causing ... 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

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

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

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