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Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 02.07.2020
Greater support needed for carers of autistic children during lockdown
Families of autistic children have been greatly impacted by lockdown reveals a study by UCL, the University of East London and the University of Bedfordshire. It found that despite the relaxed legislation on lockdown measures for autistic people brought into effect in April, 86% of those surveyed still felt that the needs of autistic people and their families were not adequately planned for or addressed by officials during the pandemic.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 19.06.2020
Mums doing lion’s share of childcare and home-learning during lockdown - even when both parents work
Government and employers must take stock to ensure mothers' long-term employment prospects are not disproportionately impacted by lockdown Childcare responsibilities during lockdown are not being shared equally between working parents, psychologists at the University of Sussex have found. Inequalities between parents for childcare and domestic duties have increased during the Covid-19 period.

Pedagogy - Health - 16.06.2020
Children show increase in mental health difficulties over COVID-19 lockdown
Parents/carers of children aged 4-10 years of age reported that over a one-month period in lockdown, they saw increases in their child's emotional difficulties, such as feeling unhappy, worried, being clingy and experiencing physical symptoms associated with worry, according to early results from the Co-SPACE study, asking parents and carers about their children's mental health through the COVID-19 crisis.

Psychology - Pedagogy - 02.06.2020
Mobile technology may support kids learning to recognize emotions in photos of faces
Yalda T. Uhls is child psychologist and researcher at UCLA, who studies how media affect children. She is the author of the book “Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age.” This article originally appeared in The Conversation. An essential social skill is understanding emotion.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 21.05.2020
Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge
New research suggests enrichment programs help children solidify the information they have added to their wall of knowledge How humans organize information plays an integral role in memory, reasoning and the ability to acquire new knowledge. In the absence of routine education programs, the pandemic is exacerbating the disparities in educational opportunities available for children to develop new skills.

Psychology - Pedagogy - 07.05.2020
Do I look mad? Reading facial cues with the touch-screen generation
Are today's children, who grew up with mobile technology from birth, worse at reading emotions and picking up cues from people's faces than children who didn't grow up with tablets and smar tp hones' A new UCLA psychology study suggests today's kids are all right. Infancy and early childhood are critical developmental phases during which children learn to interpret important non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice and gestures.

Pedagogy - Health - 06.05.2020
'Terrible twos' not inevitable: with engaged parenting, happy babies can become happy toddlers
’Terrible twos’ not inevitable: with engaged parenting, happy babies can become happy toddlers
Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child's learning can - for children who were easy babies - minimise behavioural problems during toddlerhood.

Pedagogy - 14.04.2020
How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life
How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life
With thousands of schools and preschools closed and many states under "stay-at-home” orders to try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, families are facing a tough situation: trying to work - possibly remotely - while simultaneously being responsible for their children's education. University of Washington researchers are beginning a national study to help families discover technology that helps them both successfully navigate home-based learning and combat social isolation.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 27.02.2020
Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions
Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions
Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties. Between 14-30% of children and adolescents worldwide have learning difficulties severe enough to require additional support.

Pedagogy - 27.02.2020
For children, food insecurity means not only hunger but also stress, sadness
Parents who experience food insecurity might think they're protecting their children from their family's food situation by eating less or different foods so their children can be spared. But a new study led by University of Michigan researchers shows that children know more about food insecurity-the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food-than their parents give them credit for.

Pedagogy - 19.02.2020
Boys or girls don’t run in families
Century-old theories that having girls or boys ‘runs in families' have been upended by a University of Queensland study, proving parents' genes do not determine their child's gender. Dr Brendan Zietsch from UQ's School of Psychology said the study was the largest conducted on the often-debated question, and concluded the sex of offspring is essentially random.

Materials Science - Pedagogy - 14.02.2020
Our memory prefers essence over form
Our memory prefers essence over form
Researchers from the University of Geneva and CY Cergy Paris University have shown that current situations conjure up past situations that share deep, structural, similarities. What clues does our memory use to connect a current situation to a situation from the past? The results of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Geneva , Switzerland, - working in collaboration with CY Cergy Paris University in France - contrast sharply with the explanations found until now in the existing literature.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 12.02.2020
Love matters: How parents’ love shapes children’s lives
Parents often put their own relationship on the back burner to concentrate on their children, but a new study shows that when spouses love each other, children stay in school longer and marry later in life. Research about how the affection between parents shapes their children's long-term life outcomes is rare because the data demands are high.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 04.02.2020
Infants are willing to give up food, help others
Infants are willing to give up food, help others
Altruistic helping - the act of giving away something desirable, even at a cost to oneself - is perhaps no more evident than when it comes to food. Human adults often respond to hungry people, whether through food banks or fundraisers, or by simply handing over their lunch. But when, and how, does that spirit of giving start? New research by the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS, finds that altruism may begin in infancy.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 03.02.2020
Not just 'baby talk': Parentese helps parents, babies make 'conversation' and boosts language development
Not just ’baby talk’: Parentese helps parents, babies make ’conversation’ and boosts language development
Used in virtually all of the world's languages, parentese is a speaking style that draws baby's attention. Parents adopt its simple grammar and words, plus its exaggerated sounds, almost without thinking about it. But if parents knew the way they speak could help baby learn, would they alter their speech? A new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS, at the University of Washington suggests they would, to baby's benefit.

Pedagogy - Health - 28.01.2020
The Daily Mile? programme could help schools’ tackle childhood obesity
A study evaluating the effectiveness of the widely used 'Daily Mile' intervention in schools to tackle childhood obesity has found that the benefits are small, and may be greater in girls than boys. The study concluded that whilst interventions such as The Daily Mile are not going to reduce childhood obesity alone, they could be an important part of a wider population strategy to tackling this challenge.

Pedagogy - 27.01.2020
Ban on smoking in cars cut child exposure to cigarette smoke
A public ban on smoking in cars in England and Wales has led to fewer children being exposed to cigarette smoke, according to new analysis. England and Wales banned smoking in cars carrying children in 2015, with Scotland introducing a ban the following year. But to date, the impact of the legislation on children's exposure to cigarette smoke has been unclear.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 23.01.2020
UW research expands bilingual language program for babies
UW research expands bilingual language program for babies
Knowledge of multiple languages has long been shown to have lifelong benefits, from enhancing communication skills to boosting professional opportunities to staving off the cognitive effects of aging. When researchers at the University of Washington found that even babies whose parents are monolingual could rapidly learn a second language in a small classroom environment, a new challenge was born: How could they expand their program?

Pedagogy - 20.01.2020
Becoming less active and gaining weight: downsides of becoming an adult
Becoming less active and gaining weight: downsides of becoming an adult
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Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 16.01.2020
#Stayathomeparents tweet anti-spanking beliefs but for some, their behaviors might differ
Stay-at-home parents are likely to tweet anti-spanking beliefs and desires, but those 280-character messages may not always convey what's happening in homes. Despite growing research that spanking leads to children's behavior problems, many parents still support the use of spanking-and among such parents are those who may turn to Twitter and present themselves in a positive manner when discussing child discipline and spanking, according to a new University of Michigan study.

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