A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.

This is a kind of follow up on the infamous 30 million word gap, and a sad one to be frank, as this has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness.. With a novel way to make sure the… Read More A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.

Home visits show effect on absenteeism and performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies, such as this one: A new study by Steven Sheldon and Sol Bee Jung from our own Johns Hopkins School of Education examines Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV), a strategy for engaging educators and families as a team to support student achievement. The PTHV… Read More Home visits show effect on absenteeism and performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

What a difference reading to children make: a ‘million word gap’

We’ve known the importance of reading to your children for ages now, but this new study stresses again what the difference can be. From the press release: Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new… Read More What a difference reading to children make: a ‘million word gap’

Why do parents choose for free schools? Perceptions about the social mix

This is an American study, but I do recognize elements also that I saw in other countries. From the press release: Perceptions about the social mix and environment of local mainstream schools motivate parents to choose Free Schools for their children, a new study published in the Cambridge Journal of Education finds. A ‘traditional’ approach to education… Read More Why do parents choose for free schools? Perceptions about the social mix

How the effects of teenage motherhood can last during multiple generations

We have seen a drop of teenage pregnancies in a lot of countries, but it still happens. A new study examined the longitudinal effects over generations. From the press release: The grandchildren of adolescent mothers have lower school readiness scores than their peers, according to a study published February 6, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS… Read More How the effects of teenage motherhood can last during multiple generations

The effect of a World Cup on students’ effort and achievement

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this study will make a lot of people smile because they will recognize this: A study published in the Journal of Public Economics examines how leisure time can impact students’ effort and educational achievement by looking at the overlap of major soccer tournaments (the FIFA World Cup and… Read More The effect of a World Cup on students’ effort and achievement