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Child's Play 'Lost' in Pandemic Fear

Child's Play 'Lost' in Pandemic Fear

Social and community disruptions caused by the COVID-19 restrictions could have a lasting effect on child wellbeing, Flinders University researchers warn.

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child’s learning can - for children who were easy babies - minimize behavioral problems during toddlerhood.

Getting Kids Moving: Home Tennis Keeps Kids Active, and Learning

Getting Kids Moving: Home Tennis Keeps Kids Active, and Learning

Games-making is designed to encourage students to create their own tennis games using various equipment from around their home environment, getting kids to move more, improve their skills, and come up with their own creative tennis games. 

Young Children Can Learn Math Skills from Intelligent Virtual Characters

Young Children Can Learn Math Skills from Intelligent Virtual Characters

A new study examined whether young children’s verbal engagement with an onscreen interactive media character could boost their math skills. 

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced, a new study suggests.

Achievement Gaps May Explain Racial Overrepresentation in Special Education

Achievement Gaps May Explain Racial Overrepresentation in Special Education

School districts may be flagged as over-identifying students of color as having disabilities when other factors, such as achievement gaps, may explain these disparities.

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Researchers examined the relation between classmates’ gender stereotypes and individual students’ reading outcomes to shed light on how these stereotypes contribute to the gender gap in reading. 

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, water aerobics or cycling can have the most beneficial effect on memory performance.

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Learning something new? Take a test! Research shows that taking a test is more effective than other ways of studying when learning and making inferences.

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children’s play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children’s physical, social and emotional development.

High-Quality Teacher–Child Interactions Predict Children's Learning Outcomes

High-Quality Teacher–Child Interactions Predict Children's Learning Outcomes

Most early childhood instructional alignment initiatives focus on the use of curricula, instructional practices, learning standards and assessments. But is it enough? 

Contagious Learning: How Drama and Experience Enhance Learning

Contagious Learning: How Drama and Experience Enhance Learning

It's a concept first brought to light decades ago, but still very relevant in education today: lived experience. Specifically, how can educators create significant experiences to engage students and enhance learning?