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)

You’d better move? Adolescents with high levels of physical activity perform better in school over two years, but…

This has been a debate for quite a while as most research has shown a positive link between physical activity and learning, although a recent Dutch study showed some interesting nuance as not every pupil seemed to benefit. This new, correlational study adds extra information again in favor of physical activity but… also again with… Read More You’d better move? Adolescents with high levels of physical activity perform better in school over two years, but…

Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes

It’s an often repeated claim, but it seems hard to proof: our smartphones seem not to be the reason some of our children feel worse. From the press release: A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad.… Read More Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes