Category Archives: Human Behavior: Learning

‘Education experts’ cited in news stories may have backing of influential organizations, but have little background in education, policy

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The people most often cited as “education experts” in blogs and news stories may have the backing of influential organizations – but have little background in education and education policy, a new study suggests. The findings are … Continue reading

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Delaying children’s school entry linked to poor academic performance

Delaying school entry for children could cause poorer academic performance, according to new research from the University of Warwick. Many parents are keen to hold their children back a year if they were born prematurely or in the summer months. … Continue reading

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Technology changing teachers’ role

Along with technological development, traditional teaching methods have been challenged by various technologically enhanced teaching and learning methods. This trend has received mixed reactions: On the one hand it is feared that these new technologies will replace teachers altogether. On … Continue reading

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Use of ‘Digital Badges’ in Schools Would Motivate Students, Research Shows

Newswise — BUFFALO, N.Y. – The blend of digital technology and traditional merit badges, such as those earned by Boy and Girl Scouts, would provide an opportunity to both motivate and measure learning, according to new research by University at … Continue reading

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Smartphone App Tracks Students’ Class Attendance Automatically

Newswise — Do you want to know how often your college student attends class? Missouri University of Science and Technology has an app for that. A team of Missouri S&T researchers has developed an app that tracks classroom attendance using … Continue reading

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Boarding schools only boost the academic performance of strong students

Sending disadvantaged children to boarding school does not automatically lead to an improvement in their academic performance, an economist from the University of Warwick has discovered. Dr Clement de Chaisemartin’s investigation found that while stronger students benefit from excellent study … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-based program in schools making a positive impact: UBC study

A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by new scientific evidence. In a study from the … Continue reading

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‘Kindness curriculum’ boosts school success in preschoolers

Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the pre-kindergarten students learned their ABCs. Attention, breath and body, caring practice — clearly not the standard letters of the alphabet. Rather, these 4- and-5-year-olds in the Madison Metropolitan School District … Continue reading

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How Quality of Sleep Impacts Academic Performance in Children

Newswise — Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it’s well worth … Continue reading

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Later school start times improve sleep, daytime functioning in adolescents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Julie Boergers, Ph.D., a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, recently led a study linking later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens. The article, titled “Later School Start … Continue reading

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Musical training might also help kids focus attention, control emotions, diminish anxiety

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions … Continue reading

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Benefits of Naming People, Objects in Baby’s First Year

Newswise — AMHERST, Mass. – In a follow-up to her earlier studies of learning in infancy, developmental psychologist Lisa Scott and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are reporting that talking to babies in their first year, in particular … Continue reading

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Why early childhood education needs to start earlier than pre-K

“Is my 18-month old already behind for schooling?” That was the subject line of a recent post on the D.C. Urban Moms and Dads online discussion forum. The anonymous author was reacting to an article written by a mom who … Continue reading

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