Friday, August 16, 2019

Belonging and Bullying Study

A study of 900 middle schoolers found that students who report having a sense of belonging both at home and school are less likely to engage in bullying. The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviors. This indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child’s sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving a sense of belonging in the family.
Slaten, C., Rose, C., & Ferguson, J. (2019).  Understanding the relationship between youths' belonging and bullying behaviour: An SEM Model.  Educational & Child Psychology, 36(2).

Growth Mindset Study

Yet giving students even a brief opportunity to understand and reflect on their mindsets for learning can make them likelier to challenge themselves and improve, according to a new national study.
A short (less than one hour), online growth mindset intervention—which teaches that intellectual abilities can be developed—improved grades among lower-achieving students and increased overall enrollment to advanced mathematics courses in a nationally representative sample of students in secondary education in the United States. Notably, the study identified school contexts that sustained the effects of the growth mindset intervention: the intervention changed grades when peer norms aligned with the messages of the intervention.
Yeager, D. et al. (2019). A national experiment reveals where a growth mindset improves achievement.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Teen Media Use Survey

Tweens spend about 6 hours daily on entertainment media, and teens average 9 hours daily, according to a recent survey.They frequently multitask in the process, and much of their use is mobile. Their parents are more concerned about media content than the amount of time using meda. TV and radio are the main sources of entertainment. Media use is gender-linked, and socio-economically affected. The report examines each type of media and its use.

Common Sense Media. (2019). The Common Sense census: Media use by tweens and teens. San Francisco: Common Sense Media.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Digital vs Paper Reading Study

A survey of education studies shows students tend to absorb more on paper than on screen, though the benefits are minor. The studies showed that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they’re reading on paper than on screens, particularly when it comes to nonfiction material. This finding is now at least the third study to synthesize reputable research on reading comprehension in the digital age and find that paper is better. It was preceded by a 2017 review by scholars at the University of Maryland and a 2018 meta-analysis by scholars in Spain and Israel. The international analysis arrived at nearly the same numerical conclusion as the other study. Paper beat screens by more than a fifth of a standard deviation.
Clinton, V. (2019). Reading from paper compared to screens. Journal of Research in Reading, 42(2), 288-325.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Teacher / Librarian Collaboration

New research examines classroom teachers' perceptions of their own openness to change and collaborating with school librarians in the context of information literacy instruction. Classroom teachers indicated a belief that teaching information literacy skills was the role of both school librarians and teachers. However, grading and teaching content were the role of the teacher. Collaboration usually consisted of dividing up the lesson rather than working together on standards, planning and assessment. Implementing change is facilitated through surveys and faculty/department meeting discussion.
Crary, S. (2019). Secondary Teacher Perceptions and Openness to Change Regarding Instruction in Information Literacy Skills. School Library Research, 22.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Teen Health Literacy Survey

Eighty-seven percent of parents report they have prepared their adolescents for adulthood, but many doubt their young person's ability to manage certain adult tasks, according to a national survey. Findings showed that only 8% of parents say they believe their teenager can set doctor appointments on their own and just 25% trust them to take the proper dosage of over-the-counter drugs. The study recommended that teens shadow their parents' health-related practices, and make mistakes do it themselves with guidance.
Clark, S. (2019).  C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll on children's health. Ann Arbor, MI: C. S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bullying increases

A report from  shows that 20% of teen students in the US said they were bullied in the 2016-17 school year, and of those, 15% were bullied online or via text, a 3.5 percentage point increase over the previous year. The researcher stated that the spike may be due to increased awareness and reporting of cyberbullying incidents.
Seigfried-Spellar , K. (2019). Bullying. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.