Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5

I’ve discussed this topic before, check e.g. here or here, and this new study again shows it: poverty can shape the child. From the press release: In a nationwide study, UCLA researchers have found that health inequities can be measured in children as young as 5 years old. The research, published in Health Affairs, contributes to… Read More Effects of poverty on childhood development seen in children as young as 5

This scientific and at the same time satirical article is just great: Development of an Offline-Friend Addiction Questionnaire (O-FAQ): Are most people really social addicts?

When people do research on social interactions on social media, what are they really trying to examine? And how do they do this? The latter quite often through self-reported measures ending up with claims about addiction to social media to answer the first question. This new satirical article by Satchell et al applies the same… Read More This scientific and at the same time satirical article is just great: Development of an Offline-Friend Addiction Questionnaire (O-FAQ): Are most people really social addicts?

The impact of teacher burnout on student behavior and discipline issues

Education is often interaction, but some kinds of interaction are not necessarily so positive. A new study – with some high No Shit, Sherlock! feel to it – shows that the stress of teachers can have a trickle-down effect on their students, leading to disruptive behavior that results in student suspensions. And I’ll add: probably… Read More The impact of teacher burnout on student behavior and discipline issues

New meta-analysis on the bilingual advantage in executive functions of children

This is quite a study by Gunnured et al. It checks a lot of quality boxes, such as preregistration, open data… The topic is a field that has been quite difficult to examine, as it discusses the influence of bilingualism on executive functions (EF) of children. Why is this kind of research difficult? Well, while… Read More New meta-analysis on the bilingual advantage in executive functions of children

Toddlers who use touchscreens show attention differences, but is that bad?

I guess the title has triggered you? Well, it did trigger me as much debate has been about the possible negative consequences, would this now also be the case? I hate to say it, but the researchers behind this longitudinal study can’t say it yet. Still, they already have some interesting findings! From the press… Read More Toddlers who use touchscreens show attention differences, but is that bad?

Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

This is the kind of study that gets me worried as it states that if the parents have a degree, their children also believe that they have to get one. This can put them under pressure. Reading this when my oldest son is expecting news any time now about his results in the strangest school… Read More Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

This review didn’t examine the effects of Corona and the different lockdowns around the globe, but did examine what we know about the relation between spanning isolation, loneliness and mental health for young people aged 4 – 21 and it does cause for alarm with effects that can sometimes be lagged. This all can mean… Read More A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next

Yesterday the Chartered College of Teaching has published a new review of research evidence on school closures and international approaches to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the main findings: The impact of school closures on learning Research evidence on ‘summer learning loss’ suggests that children from lower income families are usually more adversely… Read More New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next