WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

There are new results from the WHO about the physical activity of teens and while boys seem to improve slightly, girls don’t and both of them don’t exercise enougH. From the press release: The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in… Read More WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’

Ah, the helicopter parents, meaning it so well, but… maybe not the best option? New research seems to suggest this (again). I do have to note that while I think this study is interesting, I do see some weak points as the study is more about the perception of the parenting by the children; is… Read More On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’

The impact of shared book reading on children’s language skills (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief  with – amongst others – this meta-analysis: This meta-analysis, published in Educational Research Review, explores whether shared reading interventions are equally effective across a range of study designs, across a range of different outcome variables, and for children from different socioeconomic status (SES) groups. Studies were included… Read More The impact of shared book reading on children’s language skills (Best Evidence in Brief)

Parents’ vocabulary and grammar as an influence on bilinchildren’s acquisition of English

A new study examines for first time the parents’ vocabulary and grammar as an influence on children’s acquisition of English. From the press release: The way a highly proficient speaker of English talks to a child is different from the way a less proficient speaker does. Even for two-year-olds, these differences matter in how they… Read More Parents’ vocabulary and grammar as an influence on bilinchildren’s acquisition of English

Again: better sleep habits lead to better college grades (and can maybe explain gender differences!)

Of course I won’t promote sleeping during my classes, but still… Two MIT professors have found a strong relationship between students’ grades and how much sleep they’re getting. “What time students go to bed and the consistency of their sleep habits also make a big difference. And no, getting a good night’s sleep just before… Read More Again: better sleep habits lead to better college grades (and can maybe explain gender differences!)

New review of evidence on parental engagement (Best Evidence in Brief)

This review in the latest Best Evidence in Brief focuses on an important partner in education that often is overlooked: A review of evidence published by the Education Endowment Foundation in the UK shows how parental engagement can have a positive effect on a child’s academic achievement – regardless of age or socioeconomic status. The review, conducted by… Read More New review of evidence on parental engagement (Best Evidence in Brief)