Research Roundup: Kindergarten, Extended Class Time, Sports and More
posted by: Ruthie | February 07, 2014, 08:53 PM   

Kindergarten should be more advanced
:  A new study published by the American Educational Research Journal explored research showing greater gains when kindergarten classes focused on more advanced topics, like simple addition and using context clues, instead of more basic concepts like counting and addition.

Kindergarten is responding by becoming more intense
: Meanwhile, a working paper by the University of Virginia shows that kindergarten hours are more likely to be expanded and cover harder topics than they were several years ago.

Single-gender education doesn’t offer benefits
: A new study by the University of Wisconsin Madison refutes the idea that girls and boys learn better on their own; continuing to fuel the debate on single-gender classrooms.

Extended classroom time does, however
:  A report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found that extending the school day came with benefits, especially when extended learning time was paired with other reforms or was structured and focused.  Disadvantaged students seem the most likely to benefit.

Students aren’t entering college with the research skills they need
:  A report from Project Information Literacy has found that when students enter college, they’re lacking basic research skills.  College freshman often lack the knowledge in how to use databases, library services, or even the best way to conduct a Google search.

Using teaching assistants is beneficial
: The Education Endowment Foundation looked at the impact teacher assistants had in the classroom.  They found that when assistants worked with small, targeted groups or one on one, the students were likely to benefit.

Sports are good while sex, bullying, TV, and internet aren’t necessarily bad
:  A study published by Dutch researchers attempted to correlate adolescent behaviors with academic achievement.  They found that participating in sports lead to increased academic achievement, especially for females.  Surprisingly they also found that academic achievement doesn’t necessarily fall when adolescents engage in early sex, experience bullying, watch TV, or spend large amounts of time on the internet.



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