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How do we determine “learning disabilities”?

Research from Portland State University, cited in EurekAlert, looked at the over-representation of students from racial minorities and poor socioeconomic backgrounds in special education classes.  The author concluded that, without a clear and well-accepted definition of what a learning disability really is, many students are being misdiagnosed, and stigmatized, due to lack of opportunity rather than real learning problems.  Does your region have a clear definition of learning disabilities, or does this same problem apply to your schools as well?

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Do teens read anymore?

Not too surprisingly, a new study from San Diego University, cited by APA and EurekAlert, has found that teens spend considerably less time reading print (books and magazines) and much more time using digital devices for gaming, social media, and yes, reading online.  Rates of reading are declining overall, however, and the problem the researchers predict is the ability of those students to absorb lessons in textbooks when reading is so interspersed with other activities.  What are your observations and predictions?

Video game builds empathy

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed a video game intended to boost empathy in students.  As reported in PsychCentral, the game has been well tested and appears very effective, which is the good news, especially for a population that spends a lot of time on line.  The downside, however, is that the game is not available to the public, although similar ones are.

Younger children tend to make more informed decisions!

New research from the University of Waterloo, cited in EurekAlert, looked at the types of decisions made by young children based on information given to them by adults.  It seems that the older children were more inclined to add their own information to the decisions rather than adhere to what the adults had told them, and thus their decisions were less accurate!  So early they stop listening to us!!

How to revive yourself during the summer

With the school term over, school psychologists, and all educators, are likely in need of good Rest and Relaxation.  This article, from ASCD Express, offers some suggestions for self-nurturing during the summer.  Enjoy, and take care of yourselves!

An update on the Marshmallow Test results

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, as reported in PsychCentral and published in Developmental Psychology, compared results of replications of the original 1960’s Marshmallow Test in the 1980’s and again in the 2000’s.   Interestingly, despite technological changes during those years, similar changes in education seem to have enabled children to be less impulsive and more self-controlled than their earlier peers.  Parents did not expect that!

IQ and years of school correlate

New research published in Psychological Science and cited in EurekAlert, looked at the “bump” in IQ scores following a year of schooling.  This meta-analysis considered factors such as school entry IQ scores, rate of increase in scores over the years, whether the IQ change is the result of  neurological change or whether it is the product of better test-taking skills.  More work needs to be done, but it does appear that the initial school years’ increase in IQ last through the life span!


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