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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Implicit Bias May Help Explain High Preschool Expulsion Rates for Black Children

Sep. 28, 2016 — Preschool teachers and staff show signs of implicit bias in administering discipline, but the race of the teacher plays a big role in the outcome, according to new research. The results help explain ... read more

The Hidden Value of an Older Workforce

Sep. 28, 2016 — Across North America, the workforce is going grey. In the US, the numbers are on the rise -- from 12 per cent in 1992 to 21 per cent in 2012. Researchers provide practical tools to combat on-the-job ... read more

Students in Bilingual Elementary School Programs Present Worse Academic Results, According to Study

Sep. 26, 2016 — Bilingual education programs, in which a substantial part of the teaching is done in a language different from the mother tongue and from the language of the students’ surroundings, have been fully ... read more

Age Limit for Federal Food Assistance Program Is Increasing Food Insecurity

Sep. 20, 2016 — A problem has been found with regard to the requirement that when children turn five, they are no longer eligible to receive food assistance from Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, ... read more

For-Profit Trade Schools Prove Costly for Disadvantaged Black Youth

Sep. 15, 2016 — Young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods are drawn to for-profit trade schools as the quickest route to jobs. But the very thing that makes for-profit schools seem so appealing — a streamlined ... read more

Staying the Course on a Massive Open Online Course

Sep. 15, 2016 — Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are popular with educational establishments as an efficient way to deliver their materials. Unfortunately, student engagement does not match the enthusiasm of the ... read more

Sep. 14, 2016 — Researchers are using unique tools to map urban areas around the globe, potentially revolutionizing large-scale analysis of urbanization, land use and city ... read more

Study Explores Youths' Motivations for Painting Graffiti

Sep. 8, 2016 — Youth who paint graffiti on businesses and public property, also called street taggers, say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be ... read more

More Underrepresented Students Obtain Science Degrees and Pursue STEM, Due to Research Mentoring

Sep. 8, 2016 — A new study indicates that undergraduates who participate in mentored research not only graduate more often with science degrees, but also attend graduate school and pursue STEM careers at higher ... 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

National Education Reformers Target Local School Boards

Sep. 7, 2016 — Local school board elections increasingly are becoming a national political battleground, as millions of dollars in campaign cash pours in from out-of-state donors in the name of education reform, ... read more

Many College Students Take Remedial Courses, but Only Some Benefit, Researchers Find

Sep. 6, 2016 — Steering new college students into remedial classes can boost a poorly prepared student's chances of success, but doesn't appear to benefit students with a stronger academic background, ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — New research from Loughborough University has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school. ... read more

Mobile Media, Visual Art Making Boost School Engagement

Aug. 31, 2016 — Keeping teens focused on what's happening in class rather than their electronic device is a tall order, given that 73 per cent of them have access to a smartphone -- and most would prefer to be ... read more

Crowdsourcing Can Help Create Better Science Tests Cheaper

Aug. 31, 2016 — A group of researchers has found a way for schools, professors, textbook publishers, and educational researchers to check the quality of their test questions that turns out to be both fast and cheap. ... read more

20 Cent School Intervention Stops Unhealthy Weight Gain in Children

Aug. 27, 2016 — A school intervention costing less than 20 cents per child has stopped unhealthy weight ... read more

Banning Tobacco Sales Near Schools Could Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities, New Study Shows

Aug. 26, 2016 — Banning tobacco sales within 1,000 feet of schools could reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in tobacco density across neighborhoods, according to a ... read more

'Coming Out' in the Classroom, but Not by Choice

Aug. 26, 2016 — In a first-of-its kind study, researchers found that active learning classrooms, which require more group work than traditional lecture courses, may create an unaccepting atmosphere for LGBTQIA ... read more

Baby Simulator Program May Make Teenage Girls More, Not Less, Likely to Become Pregnant

Aug. 25, 2016 — A teenage pregnancy prevention program involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomized controlled ... read more

Number of Tuberculosis Cases in India Is Double Current Estimates, Says New Study

Aug. 25, 2016 — The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in India may be up to two to three times higher than current estimates, suggests a new study. TB is a bacterial infection, spread through inhaling tiny ... read more

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