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May 25, 2017

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May 25, 2017

Children in Head Start Who Miss More Preschool Show Fewer Academic Gains

May 16, 2017 — A new study has found that children in Head Start who miss 10 percent or more of the school year have fewer gains in academics than their peers who attend preschool more regularly. Many researchers ... read more

More Compulsory Math Lessons Do Not Encourage Women to Pursue STEM Careers

Mar. 28, 2017 — What is known as "curriculum intensification" is often used around the world to attract more university entrants -- and particularly more women -- to STEM subjects; that is to say, students ... read more

Age at Immigration Influences Occupational Skill Development

Mar. 23, 2017 — Future occupations of US immigrant children are influenced by how similar their native language is to English, according to a new ... read more

Students Who Enjoy or Take Pride in Math Have Better Long-Term Math Achievement

Feb. 8, 2017 — A study of 3,425 German students from grades 5 through 9 has found that students who enjoyed and took pride in math had even better achievement than students with higher ... read more

Teachers May Be Cause of 'Obesity Penalty' on Girls' Grades

Feb. 7, 2017 — While obesity is often thought of as a health problem, a new study suggests that discrimination by body weight may be the more important factor for obese white female students' lower success in ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Adults and children in the US, adults from a 'low numeracy' tribe in Bolivia and rhesus monkeys ALL possessed the ability to distinguish between large and small quantities of objects, ... read more

Talking to Children About STEM Fields Boosts Test Scores and Career Interest

Jan. 18, 2017 — Parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields, a report ... read more

Children's Early Math Knowledge Related to Later Achievement

Dec. 6, 2016 — Low-income children's math knowledge in preschool was related to their later achievement -- but not all types of math knowledge were related equally, a new longitudinal study conducted in ... read more

Young Children's Spatial Talk Predicts Their Spatial Abilities

Nov. 29, 2016 — Preschool age kids often skip location words and lean on other relevant information to describe important spatial details, new research ... read more

Mothers' Early Support Boosts Children's Later Math Achievement

Nov. 22, 2016 — Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children's subsequent achievement. In fact, research has shown that early math skills predict later school success better than early ... 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

Sep. 19, 2016 — Human babies and even animals have a basic number sense that many believe evolves from seeing the world and trying to quantify all the sights. But vision has nothing to do with it -- neuroscientists ... 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

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