Friday, March 10, 2017

News and Teens Study

In a newly released study, 66% of the children surveyed nationally said they trust "a lot" of the news they receive from their family, compared with 25% who said they trust news organizations.  Just 44% of the children surveyed agreed they can tell fake news stories from real news stories.Youth  consume a wide range of news, often as a byproduct of their frequent use of the mobile devices and social media applications they carry around in their pockets. But they view much of the news they encounter as biased and unreflective of their own experiences. Some other findings about 10-18 year olds' new behaviors follow:
Children often receive news information from their families, friends, and teachers.
Still, children—especially teens—prefer to get their news via social media.
Fake news is still a big problem, not not the only one. What they see and read often makes them feel afraid, angry, and depressed.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Educational opportunities and image study

High school students are willing to ignore educational opportunities when they're concerned about how they'll be viewed by their classmates. Researchers found that educational messages need to be modified, depending on the social culture of the school.
Bursztyn, L., Egorov, G., & Jensen, R. (2017). Cool to be smart or smart to be cool? Understanding peer pressure in education. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economics.
http://www.nber.org/papers/w23020

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Research on girl coding

Middle school is a good time for girls to learn how to code because that's when they are more susceptible to its appeal, according to recent research. The coding appeal then dips in high school and spikes again in college when girls become inspired by teachers and other role models. The study offers insight into factors that create either positive and negative associations with computer science for girls at the middle school, high school and college levels, as well as strategies for educators to make computer science more appealing to girls.
Accenture and Girls Who Code. (2016). Cracking the gender code. Lansing, MI: Accenture.
https://www.accenture.com/us-en/cracking-the-gender-code

Tech use almot universal for US children under 6: survey

A new national survey of technology use by children under 6 indicates that 85 percent of parents allow their young children to use technology in the home. More than three quarters of parents surveyed said they use tech along with their children on a daily basis for up to two hours, with television, tablets, smartphones and computers the most frequently used. Parents are the most influential media role models for children, and should focus on content quality more than quantity.
Erikson Institute. (2016).  Technology and young children in the digital age. Chicago, IL: Erikson Institute.
https://50.erikson.edu/technology-use-almost-universal-children-6/

Study on narrowing the gender gap in spatial reasoning

Research shows that while young women excel in social perspective-taking, there may be a gender gap in spatial perspective-taking. In a study about closing gender gaps in spatial ability, researchers found that making changes to tasks, such as changing perspective, helped narrow the gap.
Tarampi, M., Heydari, N., & Hegarty, M. (2016).  A tale of two types of perspective taking; Sex differences in spatial ability.   Psychological Science, 27(11). 1507-1516.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797616667459

Parents' perception about school tech use survey

K-12 public school parents around the United States are not overly impressed on the use of education technology in their students' schools. While 87 percent of parents buy into the possibilities of technology to positively influence student learning, just 35 percent among those respondents whose children use devices in school say their children have learned more because of tech. However, parents see a link between smart implementation of technology and personalized education.
YouGov. (2016). Learning Assembly public school parent poll.
https://innovationassembly.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/learning_assembly_national_survey_results.pdf

Reading promotion strategies study

A study was conducted to identify the different strategies elementary and middle school librarians in Puerto Rico are currently using to promote reading appreciation. Some of the conclusions indicate that school librarians consider Library Week a key activity for the promotion of reading appreciation, and the Internet as a key resource for the implementation of the different activities they design. The conclusions also acknowledge that school librarians face different challenges, the most difficult being collaboration and support from the students’ parents. The school librarian as motivational agent and strategist for reading appreciation.
Dominguez, N. et al. (2016). The school librarian as motivational agent and strategist for reading appreciation. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 48(3), 236-246.