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July 12, 2020

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Classes Set by Ability Are Hitting Children's Self-Confidence

The way a vast amount of schools are setup, with classes grouping children based on their ability, is severely affecting pupil's ...

No Single Solution Helps All Students Complete MOOCs

In one of the largest educational field experiments ever conducted, researchers found that promising interventions to help students complete online courses were not effective on a massive scale -- ...

Brains of Girls and Boys Are Similar, Producing Equal Math Ability

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

Kids in Poor, Urban Schools Learn Just as Much as Others

Schools serving disadvantaged and minority children teach as much to their students as those serving more advantaged kids, according to a new nationwide US study. Test scores speak more to what ...
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Science Education Community Should Withdraw from International Tests, Experts Urge

The science community should withdraw from involvement in international tests such as PISA because they have forced schools to adopt 'narrow' curricula and pedagogies, a study ...

Study: More Than Half of US Students Experience Summer Learning Losses Five Years in a Row

Following U.S. students across five summers between grades 1 and 6, a little more than half (52 percent) experienced learning losses in all five summers, according to a large national study. Students ...

Achievement Isn't Why More Men Are Majoring in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

Researchers have found that the reason there are more undergraduate men than women majoring in physics, engineering and computer science is not because men are higher achievers. On the contrary, the ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Could Decimate Outdoor Environmental, Science Education Programs

A survey of 1,000 outdoor education programs nationwide finds that nearly two-thirds are in danger of folding because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such programs connect youth with the world around them ...

Passing Challenging Introductory Chemistry Course Gives Biggest Boost to Underrepresented Students

A study of University of Washington undergraduate records shows that underrepresented students received lower grades in general chemistry -- an introductory-level course series for many STEM degrees ...

Media Stereotypes Confound Kids' Science Ambitions

White lab coats and dangerous experiments all epitomize the 'mad scientist' from many a Hollywood blockbuster but, even beyond the silver screen, the stereotype lives on, and according to ...

Surging Numbers of First-Generation Learners Being Left Behind in Global Education

'First-generation learners' -- a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education - are also significantly more ...

Video Game Experience, Gender May Improve VR Learning

Students who used immersive virtual reality (VR) did not learn significantly better than those who used two more traditional forms of learning, but they vastly preferred the VR to computer-simulated ...

Teacher Evaluations Weed out Low-Performing Teachers in Urban Schools

New research finds that statewide K-12 teacher evaluation systems have proven to phase out lower performing teachers and retain more effective teachers for longer periods of time -- particularly in ...

Seductive Details Inhibit Learning

Information that is interesting but irrelevant, or 'seductive details', can be detrimental to learning, according to a meta-analysis of 58 studies. The analysis found that those who learned ...

'Low' Socioeconomic Status Is the Biggest Barrier to STEM Participation

A new study has found that socioeconomic status (SES) has the strongest impact on whether secondary school students study the STEM ...

Want to Live Longer? Stay in School, Study Suggests

A multi-institution study has attempted to tease out the relative impact of two variables most often linked to life expectancy -- race and education -- by combing through data about 5,114 black and ...

Bilingual Language Program for Babies: Online Training for Teachers

A study shows that a bilingual language program for babies can reach more families, and instructors, through online training for ...

Assistance During First Years of Biology Major Leads to Higher Retention of First-Gen Students

Assistance during the first years of a biology major leads to higher retention of first-generation ...

Researchers Explore How Citizens Can Become Agents of Environmental Change

Some programs work better than others when it comes to involving citizens in preserving the environment. After reviewing those that worked, researchers propose a blueprint for how others can educate ...

Applying Biodiversity Conservation Research in Practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is ...

Quitting Facebook Could Boost Exam Results

In research that validates what many parents and educators suspect, students whose grades are below average could boost their exam results if they devoted less time to Facebook and other social ...

One of the Most Challenging Problems in Educational Policy and Practice

Language proficiency has an important influence on learners' ability to answer scientific questions a new study has found. And this is particularly challenging for children from homes where ...

Rethinking the Role of Technology in the Classroom

Introducing tablets and laptops to the classroom has certain educational virtues, according to one researcher, but her research suggests that tech has its limitations as well. A new study shows a ...

Domestic Violence: Impact of Educational Sabotage

A new study focuses on an overlooked form of psychological abuse -- educational sabotage. Educational sabotage is a form of coercive control that directly affects a survivor's efforts to obtain ...

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