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December 5, 2019

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New research comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls. Their research shows no gender difference in brain function or ... read more

Emphasizing Social Play in Kindergarten Improves Academics, Reduces Teacher Burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention ... read more

Phase Transitions: The Math Behind the Music

Physics Professor Jesse Berezovsky contends that until now, much of the thinking about math and music has been a top-down approach, applying mathematical ideas to existing musical compositions as a ... read more

Sociologists Study the Impact Religion Has on Child Development

Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed ... read more
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IQ a Better Predictor of Adult Economic Success Than Math

IQ in childhood is a better indicator of adult wealth than math for very preterm and very low-weight babies, according to a new ... read more

Student Likeability Might Be Link Between Academic Success and Risk of Depression

A new study suggests that children doing well in classrooms are more popular and emotionally secure than their peers who are having trouble ... read more

White Math Teachers Treat Students Differently in Predominantly Black Schools

White math teachers in predominantly black middle schools are more likely to respond negatively to students' behavioral or academic issues - and this may have long-term negative consequences for ... read more

'Statistics Anxiety' Is Real, and New Research Suggests Targeted Ways to Handle It

A new study uses an analytical technique called 'network science' to determine factors contributing to statistics anxiety among psychology ... read more

Immigrant Kids in U.S. Deliberately Build STEM Skills

US immigrant children study more math and science in high school and college, which leads to their greater presence in STEM careers, according to new ... read more

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Children's personalities may influence how they perform in math and reading, according to a new ... read more

Schoolyard Tree Cover Predicts Math Performance in High-Poverty Urban Schools

What if improving academic performance in some of the nation's most disadvantaged and lowest-achieving schools was as easy as planting trees in the schoolyard? It's not that simple, of ... read more

Math With Good Posture Can Mean Better Scores, Study Suggests

A new study finding that students perform better at math while sitting with good posture could have implications for other kinds of performance under ... read more

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Calculus

Contrary to widely-held opinion, taking high school calculus isn't necessary for success later in college calculus -- what's more important is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, ... read more

Approach Can Help English Learners Improve at Math Word Problems

Education professors have shown that a comprehension-based strategy can help English learners improve their math word-problem solving abilities. The approach boosts reading comprehension and problem ... read more

Block Play Could Improve Your Child's Math Skills, Executive Functioning

Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills - mathematics and executive functioning - critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new ... read more

Students Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers More Likely to Obtain Bachelor's Degree

A researcher has found that high school students taught by a string of teachers who majored or minored in a specific teaching subject, instead of a general teaching degree, are more likely to become ... read more

Want to Help Your Child Succeed in School? Add Language to the Math, Reading Mix

A new study finds that a child's language skills in kindergarten can predict his or her future proficiency in other ... read more

Changing Students' Attitudes to Mathematics Improves Test Scores

A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in ... read more

Study Explores Link Between Curiosity and School Achievement

The more curious the child, the more likely he or she may be to perform better in school -- regardless of economic background -- suggests a ... read more

Curiosity Is Key to Early Childhood Success in Math and Reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading, according to a new study investigating a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young ... read more

Early Numeracy Performance of Young Kids Linked to Specific Math Activities at Home

New research finds links between certain math skills in young children and specific numerical activities undertaken at home with parents. The study also finds that the more parents engage in ... read more

Building a Future in Science With Construction-Based Toys

Childhood play experiences strongly shape a person's spatial skills, according to a new study -- those skills can be critical to success in fields like science and ... read more

Positive Attitude Toward Math Predicts Math Achievement in Kids

For the first time, scientists have identified the brain pathway that links a positive attitude toward math to achievement in the subject. In a study of elementary school students, researchers found ... read more

Successful Promotion of Giftedness as Early as Elementary School Age

Experts have argued that the specific needs of gifted children are often neglected, resulting in a shriveling of their abilities and potential. Consequently, they call for the implementation of ... read more

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