Education Research

Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success
December 18, 2019
Whether children will enjoy academic success can be now predicted at birth, a new study suggests.
The study, led by the University of York, found that parents' socioeconomic status and children's inherited DNA differences are powerful predictors of educational achievement.
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New statistical model improves the predictive power of standardized test scores
November 19, 2019
A standout essay, high grade point average and stellar standardized test scores are sometimes not enough for college admissions.
The ongoing college admission scandal underscores how influential a standardized test score has become. A test administrator is now cooperating with the inv...
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Schools less important than parents in determining higher education aspirations
November 18, 2019
A new study shows that the elementary school a child attends has almost no influence on their desire to progress to higher education -- as factors including parental aspirations, academic support from their mother and having a desk to work on are much more important.
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Smart people may learn music faster
November 14, 2019

Intelligence could play a role, according to a Michigan State University study that investigated the early stages of learning to play piano.
Published in the journal , the study may be the first to examine the relationship between intelligence, music aptitude and growth mindset in be...
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Brains of girls and boys are similar, producing equal math ability
November 8, 2019
In 1992, Teen Talk Barbie was released with the controversial voice fragment, "Math class is hard." While the toy's release met with public backlash, this underlying assumption persists, propagating the myth that women do not thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields...
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Rich resources of private schools give pupils educational advantage
November 5, 2019
Pupils in private schools do significantly better at A-levels compared to those in similar state schools -- according to the first known study into the current performance gap in upper secondary education in England.
Taking into account factors including academic achievements prior to...
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Screen-based media associated with structural differences in brains of young children
November 4, 2019
A new study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use.
The study, published in , shows that children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support lan...
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One of the most challenging problems in educational policy and practice
October 31, 2019
Language proficiency has an important influence on learners' ability to answer scientific questions a new joint study by Lancaster and Sheffield Universities has found.
And this is particularly challenging for children from homes where English is not their first language -now a signif...
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Should preschool writing be more communication and less ABCs?
October 29, 2019
Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teachers don't often encourage writing for communication purposes.
"Few teachers in this study think about writing as commu...
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Rethinking the role of technology in the classroom
October 22, 2019
Preparing elementary school students for active citizenship in an increasingly digital world requires introducing them to the latest technologies, but engaging those same kids in the classroom and involving their parents and caregivers in the process is more than a matter of providing children wi...
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