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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.

Study Finds Government Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Study Finds Government Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Personal growth and job skills have taken a backseat to an increased focus on standardized test scores in schools across the nation, according to new research.

'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.

Rethinking Role of Technology in the Classroom

Rethinking Role of Technology in the Classroom

Study finds added access can lead to decrease in students' academic motivation. Engagement "is more than a matter of providing children with access to the latest electronic devices."

Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Education have found that a readiness screener can predict kindergarteners’ success in school after 18 months.

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

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 regulation.

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

They may all be in the same classroom together, but each child in preschool may have a very different experience, a new study suggests.

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive.

Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'

Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'

Research reveals that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child's development of 'math anxiety' and that girls tend to be more affected than boys.

Connection of children to nature brings less distress, hyperactivity and behavioral problems

Connection of children to nature brings less distress, hyperactivity and behavioral problems

University of Hong Kong study found that parents who saw their child had a closer connection with nature had less distress, less hyperactivity, fewer behavioral and emotional difficulties, and improved pro-social behavior. 

Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds

Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds

Varying patterns of social, emotional and learning problems are associated with increases in verbal, physical and relational aggression and substance use among adolescent boys, according to a new study led by social work professor Kevin Tan.

To improve relationship with kids, try turning up the music

To improve relationship with kids, try turning up the music

Children who grow up listening to music with their parents report having better quality relationships with their moms and dads when they reach young adulthood, researchers found.