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Pedagogy - Psychology - 21.06.2013
Penn Psychologists Show that Quality Matters More Than Quantity for Word Learning
Penn Psychologists Show that Quality Matters More Than Quantity for Word Learning
Several studies have shown that how much parents say to their children when they are very young is a good predictor of children's vocabulary at the point when they begin school. In turn, a child's vocabulary size at school entry strongly predicts level of success throughout schooling even into high school and college.

Pedagogy - Health - 17.05.2013
Good jobs can lead to happy families
Good jobs can lead to happy families
Most people associate work with negative effects on family life, but new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has turned this view on its head, showing that the positives of jobs flow through too. With both National Families Week and the Federal Budget this week, this finding is a timely reminder of the impact policy decisions about jobs, work and work conditions can have on Australian families.

Pedagogy - Health - 02.05.2013
Australian first study looks at identifying childhood injuries and helping parents
Australian first study looks at identifying childhood injuries and helping parents
A major study led by researchers from the University of Sydney will examine the incidence of severe paediatric trauma for the first time in Australia and look at how to prevent serious injuries to children. The research was made possible by a $574,000 donation from the Day of Difference Foundation , which was formed in 2005 by Ron and Cathy Delezio after they experienced first-hand what parents go through as a result of having their daughter, Sophie, critically injured.

Pedagogy - 26.04.2013
Poor parenting – including overprotection – increases bullying risk, study of 200,000 children shows
Children who are exposed to negative parenting - including abuse, neglect but also overprotection - are more likely to experience childhood bullying by their peers, according to a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children. The research, led by the University of Warwick and published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, found the effects of poor parenting were stronger for children who are both a victim and perpetrator of bulling (bully-victims) than children who were solely victims.

Continuing Education - Pedagogy - 09.04.2013
Teach science through argument, Stanford professor says
Teach science through argument, Stanford professor says
Teaching students how to argue based on available evidence engages them in the scientific process and provides a better idea of how science actually works. The challenge is training teachers. Earth orbits the sun. Microorganisms cause infectious disease. Plants use carbon dioxide to grow. Most of us know these scientific truths from our earliest school days.

Health - Pedagogy - 05.04.2013
Findings from most in-depth study into UK parents who kill their children
05 Apr 2013 Experts from The University of Manchester have revealed their findings from the most in-depth study ever to take place in the UK into the tragic instances of child killing by parents, known as filicide. The research, published in journal PLOS ONE, found 37 per cent of parents and step-parents who killed their children were suffering from some form of mental illness and 12% had been in with mental health services within a year of the offence.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 15.03.2013
Children of divorced parents more likely to start smoking
Both daughters and sons from divorced families are significantly more likely to initiate smoking in comparison to their peers from intact families, shows a new analysis of 19,000 Americans. "Finding this link between parental divorce and smoking is very disturbing," said lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson , Sandra Rotman Chair at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

Health - Pedagogy - 12.03.2013
Mental Health Effects of Mexican Parents’ Deportation on Their U.S.-born Children to be Studied by UT Austin Dean
AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, the UC Davis Health System and the National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico are studying the impact of the deportation of undocumented Mexican migrants on their U.S.-born children. Thousands of families have to decide whether the children, who are United States citizens, will accompany their parents to Mexico or remain in the land of their birth without them.

Pedagogy - 04.03.2013
Researchers set to recruit 'baby scientists'
Researchers set to recruit ’baby scientists’
A research group at the University of Sussex is looking to enlist baby scientists to help with an exciting new project. The call-out for babies comes from the Sussex Baby Lab , 1 where researchers study tiny tots at play to find out what babies can understand, how they experience the world around them and how they develop and learn.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 04.03.2013
I’ve got two dads - and they adopted me
Research into adoptive families headed by same-sex couples paints a positive picture of relationships and wellbeing in these new families. The study, which was carried out by Cambridge University, suggests that adoptive families with gay fathers might be faring particularly well. Overall we found markedly more similarities than differences in experiences between family types.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 26.02.2013
Mixed-race youth feel less cohesion with mothers, but greater independence
ANN ARBOR-Multiethnic and mixed-race youth feel less satisfied with their moms-but more independent-compared to other youth, according to a new University of Michigan study. U-M researcher Elma Lorenzo-Blanco and colleagues compared parenting and family-related experiences between multiethnic/mixed-race youth and those from one racial/ethnic background.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 12.02.2013
Parents who praise effort can bolster children’s persistence, self-belief
Toddlers who receive praise of their efforts, such as "you worked hard on that," rather than praise of their personal qualities, such as "you're a good girl," are more likely to prefer challenging tasks and to believe that hard work can improve intelligence and personality, new research at the University of Chicago reveals.

Pedagogy - Health - 24.12.2012
Youth seeking weight loss treatment report bullying by those they trust
Even as adolescents struggle to lose weight through treatment programs, they often continue to experience weight-based discrimination - not just from their peers, but from adults they trust, including parents and teachers. The study by researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale appears online in the journal Pediatrics, and is the first comprehensive examination of how weight-based victimization impacts youth seeking weight-loss treatment.

Pedagogy - Health - 20.12.2012
Occasional family meals boost kids’ fruit and veg intake
Eating meals together as a family, even if only twice a week, boosts children's daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to researchers at the University of Leeds. It is published today in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health .

Health - Pedagogy - 17.12.2012
Two cups of milk a day ideal for children’s health, study shows
New research from the University of Toronto answers one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day. And while too little milk is a problem, so is too much, the study found. "We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers," said Professor Jonathon Maguire of the Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Health of Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Pedagogy - Health - 11.12.2012
Mexican American toddlers lag in preliteracy skills, but not in their social skills, new study shows
Mexican American toddlers lag in preliteracy skills, but not in their social skills, new study shows
Mexican American toddlers lag in preliteracy skills, but not in their social skills, new study shows By Kathleen Maclay , Media Relations Mexican American preschoolers fall behind their white counterparts in terms of early language and preliteracy skills, but the social competencies between the two groups are indistinguishable, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA.

Continuing Education - Pedagogy - 05.12.2012
Schools resegregate after being freed from judicial oversight, Stanford study shows
Stanford Report, December 5, 2012 In a sweeping study of the lifting of court-ordered desegregation plans, researchers show the fading of the dream of black and white students attending school together. The lifting of court-ordered school integration efforts over the last 22 years has led to the gradual unraveling of a key legacy of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Pedagogy - 25.11.2012
Diverse post-divorce parenting arrangements on the increase
Diverse post-divorce parenting arrangements on the increase
A new study mapping when children spend time with their father after divorce, has revealed a shift away from children only spending time with their father every second weekend. The study, based on a random sample of 408 separated parents registered with the Australian Child Support Agency, found that despite the complexity of some parenting arrangements, children generally moved between homes two or four times each fortnight.

Pedagogy - 21.11.2012
Online social networks drawing more, younger children
Children are participating in growing numbers in online social sites like Facebook and Twitter at increasingly younger ages, says a study led by the University of Toronto's Sara Grimes . And that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Grimes, an assistant professor at U of T's Faculty of Information.

Pedagogy - 22.10.2012
Toddlers more responsive to accents of peers than parents
Infants are more likely to recognise words spoken in the dialect of their local communities than those used by their parents, psychologists have revealed. A study at Plymouth University has shown toddlers are more receptive to regional accents which might be spoken in nurseries and playgroups, even if they are vastly different to those spoken in the home.
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