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Health - Pedagogy - 01.06.2015
Inactivity in childhood linked to poor health outcomes in adolescence
How active you are as a child could have an impact on your weight and risk of chronic disease from as early fifteen years of age, according to new research led by the University of Sydney. The landmark study followed more than 4,600 children for four years and found that those who were more active in late childhood were healthier teens, with lower body fat and reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 28.05.2015
Study on brain waves shows how different teaching methods affect reading development
Stanford Professor Bruce McCandliss found that beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading . By May Wong Beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, instead of trying to learn whole words, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading, according to new Stanford research investigating how the brain responds to different types of reading instruction.

Health - Pedagogy - 18.05.2015
Small changes to a child’s head size should not concern parents
Measuring the size of a child's head is done routinely worldwide to screen for possible learning or developmental problems but new research suggests that differences within the normal range of measurements are common - and mainly due to human error - and should not unduly concern parents. This new research, based on over 10,000 participants in Children of the 90s study calls into question the practical value of using head measurement as a screening test as it could mean many children undergo unnecessary tests such as MRI scans and referral to specialists.

Pedagogy - Career - 12.05.2015
Even in ’conservative’ West Germany, four fifths of mothers work
A study of 500 couples shows that only a fifth (21%) of couples born between 1956 and 1965 in 'conservative West Germany' followed the traditional model of having a stay-at-home mum and a male breadwinner as their children grew up. Oxford University researcher Laura Langner analysed decades of SOEP data gathered by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), in which households were ed on a yearly basis.  She found that four-fifths of mothers returned to work either part-time or full-time, but often not before the children reached their teens.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 07.05.2015
Children behave worse in families in which dads feel unsupported, Sussex study finds
Children behave worse in families in which dads feel unsupported, Sussex study finds
Children behave worse in families in which dads feel unsupported, Sussex study finds Children are more likely to display troublesome behaviour in families in which the father feels unsupported by his partner, a new University of Sussex study has revealed. The findings by doctoral researcher Rachel Latham will be presented today, Thursday 7 May 2015, at the annual conference of the British Psychology Society being held in Liverpool.

Health - Pedagogy - 23.04.2015
When is a child too sick for daycare? Study explores parents’ decision-making
It's a common dilemma faced by many working parents: your child has a cough or a cold, do you send them to nursery? Researchers from the University of Bristol have, for the first time, investigated the process of decision-making that parents go through when faced with this situation. The research, published in The Journal of Public Health , reports that parents viewed coughs and colds as less serious and not as contagious as sickness and diarrhoea symptoms.

Pedagogy - 13.04.2015
Private schools show same results as public schools
Birth weight, the amount of time a mother spends with her child, and the education level of both parents will have more impact on a child than whether they attend a private or public school. Those are the findings of a study co-authored by University of Queensland Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences duo Professor Luke Connelly and Dr Hong Son Nghiem.

Pedagogy - 09.04.2015
Independent review shows UQ program helps children with disabilities
Independent review shows UQ program helps children with disabilities
Parents of children with developmental disabilities can take heart from new research which shows that a University of Queensland program can reduce serious emotional and behavioural problems. A study by US researchers published in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities has found that parenting programs, particularly UQ's Stepping Stones Triple P program , were likely to reduce aggression, noncompliance and defiance in children with developmental disabilities, such as autism and learning disabilities.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 05.03.2015
U.S.-Born Children of Undocumented Parents Report Anxiety and Depression Symptoms
U.S.-Born Children of Undocumented Parents Report Anxiety and Depression Symptoms
AUSTIN, Texas - U.S.-born children of undocumented parents experience elevated levels of anxiety, and if their parents were detained or deported, those children are more likely to report depressive symptoms, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. The study was led by Luis H. Zayas, dean of UT Austin's School of Social Work, and published online in the January issue of Journal of Child and Family Studies .

Pedagogy - Health - 26.02.2015
Undocumented Mexican immigrants' kids have higher risk of behavior problems
"We found that treating Mexican children with immigrant parents as a single undifferentiated group masks important differences in outcomes by parental legal status," said Landale. WASHINGTON, DC, - Children of undocumented Mexican immigrants have a significantly higher risk of behavior problems than their co-ethnic counterparts with documented or naturalized citizen mothers, according to a team of sociologists.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 29.01.2015
Hispanic immigrants spank children less
ANN ARBOR-Immigrant Hispanic parents spank their young children less often than U.S.-born Hispanic parents, a new University of Michigan study found. The findings show that cultural values may help Hispanic immigrants maintain positive parenting practices and parent-child relationships, despite, on average, greater financial pressures and other factors often associated with greater use of spanking.

Pedagogy - Health - 27.01.2015
Communication is key when dealing with aging parents
The goal of the research was not to identify whether individuals are "stubborn," but rather to understand perceptions of older parents and their adult children regarding such behavior. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Headstrong elderly parents and their adult children may be able to find common ground with proper intervention, according to researchers in human development.

Economics / Business - Pedagogy - 21.01.2015
Parents’ reliance on welfare leads to more welfare use by their children, study finds
If parents rely on welfare, do their children become more likely to follow suit? Many past studies have shown that a child's welfare use is correlated with a parent's welfare receipt. However, researchers were not able to establish a causal relation due to many unobservable factors across generations, such as the recipients' adverse environments or inherited poor health.

Pedagogy - Life Sciences - 13.01.2015
World’s oldest butchery tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication
Two and a half million years ago, our hominin ancestors in the African savanna crafted rocks into shards that could slice apart a dead gazelle, zebra or other game animal. Over the next 700,000 years, this butchering technology spread throughout the continent and, it turns out, came to be a major evolutionary force, according to new research from UC Berkeley, the University of Liverpool and the University of St. Andrews, both in the UK.

Pedagogy - 13.01.2015
Napping helps infants’ memory development
Babies learn best when they are sleepy Daytime naps of 30 minutes or more help infants to retain and remember new behaviours Bedtime stories are invaluable for a child's development Napping helps infants to develop their memory and retain new behaviours they have learnt, a new study from the University of Sheffield has revealed.

Pedagogy - Health - 13.01.2015
'Parents these days' are judged too harshly
By John Pickering I need to start with a confession: I'm not a parent. I am someone who investigates how science can help parents deal with the sleepless nights, the fussy eaters, the sibling rivalry, the intrusive in-laws, and a career that favours fulltime hours. I certainly don't know what it feels like to hold your own child in your arms and to see that same child grow to become an independent human being.

Pedagogy - Health - 03.12.2014
Children's falls linked to parents' safety behaviour, study finds
Parents of children who fell at home were more likely not to use safety gates and not to have taught their children rules about climbing on things in the kitchen, a study from researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. In the UK, more than 200,000 under-fives attend emergency departments (ED) and in England more than 20,000 are admitted to hospital each year following a fall.

Pedagogy - Health - 01.12.2014
Parenting program benefits whole community, Irish report shows
An independent evaluation of The University of Queensland's Triple P − Positive Parenting Program has concluded that Triple P can improve the wellbeing of families across an entire community. A UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre evaluation of Triple P in Ireland reports that the widespread rollout of Triple P in two Irish communities led to population-wide health benefits.

Pedagogy - 12.11.2014
London’s diverse ethnic population explains the success of its schools
Press release issued: 12 November 2014 London's diverse ethnic population is the reason for its pupils achieving significantly better GCSE results than the rest of England, according to a new study published today [12 November]. This study from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at the University of Bristol looked at GCSE data for the whole of England to understand what lies behind the ‘London Effect' - a term used to describe the high levels of attainment and progress of pupils in the capital.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 03.10.2014
Preschoolers with low empathy at risk for continued problems
ANN ARBOR-A toddler who doesn't feel guilty after misbehaving or who is less affectionate or less responsive to affection from others might not raise a red flag to parents, but these behaviors may result in later behavior problems in 1st grade. The findings come from a new University of Michigan study that identifies different types of early child problems.
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