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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Beyond Play: Sociologist Explores How Toys Fuel Stereotypes

Nov. 30, 2016 — Encouraging children to enjoy a wide variety of toys allows them to develop fully, according to one ... read more

Parents and Parenting Influence Childhood Cognition, but Public Policy Can Help

Nov. 17, 2016 — In a study of factors that influence childhood cognition in the United States and Great Britain, researchers find that the role of parents is more important than far-reaching public policies – but ... read more

Teacher Communication With Parents Consistent With Racial Stereotypes

Nov. 15, 2016 — Teachers communicate with parents not just based on a student’s academic performance and behaviors, but also based on parents’ racial and immigrant backgrounds, finds a ... read more

Gender Gaps in Math Persist, With Teachers Underrating Girls' Math Skills

Oct. 27, 2016 — Beginning in early elementary school, boys outperform girls in math – especially among the highest achievers – continuing a troubling pattern found in the late 1990s, finds a new ... read more

Many Kids Not Ready for Kindergarten

Oct. 25, 2016 — Many children are still learning to control their behavior as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most conclusive studies to ... read more

Video Games Can Have Lasting Impact on Learning

Sep. 20, 2016 — A computer-based brain training program helps improve student performance in reading and math — in some cases even more than individualized tutoring, according to a new ... read more

Math Difficulties May Reflect Problems in a Crucial Learning System in the Brain

Sep. 15, 2016 — Children differ substantially in their mathematical abilities. In fact, some children cannot routinely add or subtract, even after extensive schooling. This new paper proposes that math disability ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Research has found that structured block-building games improve spatial abilities in children to a greater degree than board ... read more

Feeling They Are Part of a Group Increased Preschoolers' Interest, Success in STEM

Sep. 7, 2016 — Preschoolers were more engaged and did better on STEM-related tasks when they felt they were part of a group, versus doing the tasks on their own, new research ... read more

Summer Learning Programs Can Benefit Low-Income Students, Study Finds

Sep. 7, 2016 — During long summers, children may forget many of the lessons they learned from the prior school year -- particularly low-income children who may have access to few enrichment activities. But new ... read more

Parents' Math Skills 'Rub Off' on Their Children

Sep. 1, 2016 — Parents who excel at math produce children who excel at math. This is according to a recent study that shows a distinct transfer of math skills from parent to child. The study specifically explored ... read more

Greater Academic Achievement in High School Increases Likelihood of Moving Away

Aug. 22, 2016 — High school students who completed higher levels of math, performed better academically, and had a greater sense of control of their future were more likely to migrate and work in labor markets with ... read more

Study Suggests Early Learning in Native Language Can Help English Skills

Aug. 17, 2016 — Spanish-speaking preschoolers experience significant improvements in their English skills when they have a good grasp of Spanish letters and numbers, research indicates. In another study, the ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age, finds a new study. It provides the earliest documented evidence for a relationship between spatial ... read more

Skills Gap for US Manufacturing Workers Mostly a Myth, Paper Says

Aug. 15, 2016 — Despite the outcry from employers over the dearth of job-ready workers, three-quarters of US manufacturing plants show no sign of hiring difficulties for job vacancies, says new ... read more

Kindergarteners' Mathematics Success Hinges on Preschool Skills

Aug. 4, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers and understand the quantities associated with these words are more likely to have success with math when ... read more

Developmental Differences in Late Preterm Babies May Not Emerge Until After Age Two

July 25, 2016 — Developmental differences in babies born four to six weeks early may not show up until after they turn two, a new study suggests. At age two, late preterm babies were developmentally on track with ... read more

Calculus I Factors Women out of STEM Degrees

July 13, 2016 — It's no secret that Calculus I is a major hurdle in the quest for a science degree. But, according to a new paper, the class is far more likely to discourage women than men from continuing on in ... read more

Should First-Year College Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Math Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead?

June 24, 2016 — Policies placing first-year college students assessed as needing remedial math directly into college-level quantitative courses, with additional support, can increase student success, according to a ... read more

June 21, 2016 — Blackjack players who hold high-value cards tend to glance fleetingly to the right, whereas those with a lower-value hand do so spontaneously to the left. This is according to research on aspects of ... read more

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