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Pedagogy - Health - 05.07.2017
Last call for parents who supply teens with booze
Parents supplying their teens with alcohol are not only fuelling underage drinking but are increasing the risk that their children and their children's friends will drink heavily. Australia-first research led by Dr Gary Chan from The University of Queensland's Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research has found parents who supply alcohol to their children create a flow-on effect.

Pedagogy - 21.06.2017
When estimating extinction risk, don't leave out the males
When estimating extinction risk, don’t leave out the males
Extinction risk for some species could be drastically underestimated because most demographic models of animal populations only analyse the number and fertility of females, dismissing male data as ‘noise'. An international team of researchers, including a PhD student and a professor from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, found that population growth in birds was very sensitive to the ratio of males to females in a population, called the adult sex ratio (ASR), which has previously been shown to affect mating behaviour.

Pedagogy - 15.06.2017
Tiny tots and tea cups a bad mix
Tiny tots and tea cups a bad mix
More than two-thirds of toddlers burned in hot drink accidents are not treated with correct first aid, according to new research. University of Queensland PhD candidate Jacquii Burgess at the Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma Research said hot drink scalds were the leading cause of childhood burns in Australia, and 74 per cent occurred in children aged under two.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 25.05.2017
IVF babies do not have lower cognitive skills than naturally conceived children
New research shows that between the ages of three and 11, children conceived artificially can be linked with better scores for reading and verbal tests than children conceived naturally.  Researchers analysed data of hundreds of UK children who had been born through IVF or ICSI (when the man has a low sperm count), testing the same groups of children every few years up to the age of 11.

Pedagogy - Health - 23.05.2017
Cowbird moms choosy when selecting foster parents for their young
Cowbird moms choosy when selecting foster parents for their young
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Brown-headed cowbirds are unconventional mothers. Rather than building nests and nurturing their chicks, they lay their eggs in the nests of other species, leaving their young ones to compete for resources with the foster parents' own hatchlings. Despite their reputation as uncaring, absentee moms, cowbird mothers are capable of making sophisticated choices among potential nests in order to give their offspring a better chance of thriving, a new study shows.

Media - Pedagogy - 25.04.2017
Rated PG: Parental guidance relinquished to kids regarding digital media
ANN ARBOR?Parents can toss out the owner's manual for that new smartphone or tablet'they can get all the digital assistance they need from their teens. According to a new study, more children are guiding their parents on how to use digital media, especially newer media forms such as smartphones, tablets and apps.

Pedagogy - 28.03.2017
If at first you don't succeed: Why repetition may hold key to helping children with specific language impairment
If at first you don’t succeed: Why repetition may hold key to helping children with specific language impairment
If at first you don't succeed: Why repetition may hold key to helping children with specific language impairment Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to the latest research from scientists from the UK and Germany.

Pedagogy - Health - 20.03.2017
Researchers gain insight into day-to-day lives of parents raising children with autism
Like all parents, couples who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share the ups and downs of parenting. A new study by Waisman Center researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looks at the daily experiences of these parents to provide a more detailed picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising a child with ASD.

Health - Pedagogy - 08.03.2017
Parental concerns reduce uptake of child flu vaccine
The first study investigating parental attitudes towards the UK's child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced. Led by King's College London and published today in Vaccine , the research shows that not having the vaccine was associated with concerns about its safety, short-term side effects and long-term health problems.

Pedagogy - Career - 17.01.2017
Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest
A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields. The findings, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a 12 percentage point increase on the math and science ACT for students whose parents were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.

Health - Pedagogy - 17.01.2017
Eating disorders are affecting more UK women in their 40s and 50s than expected, finds new study
Eating disorders are affecting more UK women in their 40s and 50s than expected, finds new study
In a UK study of 5,320 women, three per cent were found to have an active eating disorder in mid-life, a figure higher than expected as eating disorders are primarily associated with adolescence or early adulthood. The research, using data from the University of Bristol's Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort, is published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.

Pedagogy - 09.01.2017
Children are more apt to confess misdeeds if they think parents will react positively
ANN ARBOR'Even if they believe they could be punished, older kids are more likely than younger children to view confessing to a misdeed as the right thing to do. And kids of all ages who anticipate that a parent would feel happy about a child's confession'even if they might be punished for the misdeed'are more likely to come forward rather than conceal transgressions, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.

Health - Pedagogy - 28.10.2016
The nose knows - even newborns get viruses
The nose knows - even newborns get viruses
Almost one in five babies has a respiratory virus in their first month of life, research shows, but many do not exhibit signs of illness. The University of Queensland study worked with 157 healthy full-term infants born in Brisbane, and their families, from September 2010 to October 2012. PhD candidate Minda Sarna from the UQ Child Health Research Centre undertook the research.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 14.10.2016
Toddlers' food fussiness is heavily influenced by genes
Toddlers’ food fussiness is heavily influenced by genes
Toddlers' fussy eating habits are mainly the result of genetic influences rather than the result of poor parenting, according to new research led by scientists at UCL. The research, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry , investigated to what extent genes and environmental factors can explain why some children tend to refuse to try new foods or are very selective about what foods they eat.

Philosophy - Pedagogy - 05.10.2016
The truth about lying? Children’s perceptions get more nuanced with age
Moral development study suggests that younger children have a binary take on truth and lies - while older children take intent and outcomes more into consideration Parents don't like it when children lie. But what do the kids themselves think about it? New research suggests truth telling isn't black and white.

Health - Pedagogy - 03.10.2016
Motion tests suggest car seats not necessarily safe for infants
Motion tests suggest car seats not necessarily safe for infants
Newborn infants may be at risk of breathing difficulties if left in car safety seats for long periods, particularly when travelling, new research from the University of Bristol has shown. Most UK hospitals require premature infants to complete a ‘car seat challenge' before discharge. Infants are observed for breathing difficulties or changes in heart rate while in a car seat.

Pedagogy - Health - 29.09.2016
Online program helps families of pre-schoolers with ADHD
A University of Queensland online program has been shown to alleviate children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and parents' stress. UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre Director and study co-author Professor Matt Sanders said a University of Auckland study trialed Triple P Online , a self-directed, interactive positive parenting program currently available free to Queensland families.

Pedagogy - 09.09.2016
How play impacts language learning in toddlers
Over time that the conversational nature of symbolic play proved to be predictive of more advanced language growth. A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that symbolic play in toddlers, which involves use of the imagination, is more beneficial to language development than functional play like puzzles, blocks or drawing.

Economics / Business - Pedagogy - 01.09.2016
Research concludes that Head Start’s worth the investment
Berkeley - Expanding Head Start is good public policy and will pay for itself, according to new research by faculty in the University of California, Berkeley's economics department and Goldman School of Public Policy. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average Head Start expenditure per child is about $8,000.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 20.06.2016
Partner perils associated with FIFO life
Partners of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers have higher levels of emotional problems than other parents in the community, and are at a greater risk of using harsh discipline with their children, University of Queensland research suggests. School of Psychology's Parenting and Family Support Centre researcher Dr Cassandra Dittman said a UQ survey showed FIFO partners were more depressed, stressed and anxious than parents from the general community.

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