Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
First-grade children whose teachers lack peer support and whose classrooms have inadequate resources had an increased risk of mental health problems, such as anxiety, attentiveness and sadness, according to a recent study. Researchers said the study doesn't prove causation, but it did speculate that similar findings might be true in other age groups.
Milkie, M., & Warner, C. (2010). Classroom Learning Environments and the Mental Health of First Grade Children. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 52(March), 4-22
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Fewer children are getting access to arts education, whether at school or elsewhere, according to a new analysis of federal data. Especially alarming is that the overall decline in recent decades is coupled with a big drop for African-American and Hispanic youths.The research, part of broader look at arts participation by U.S. adults, finds that fewer 18-year-olds surveyed in 2008 reported having received any arts education in childhood than did those surveyed in 1982, dropping from about 65 percent to 50 percent.
National Endowment for the Arts.(2011). Arts education in America.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Texas State Library & Archives Commission, 2009, Best Practice: Parker County Library Association
The promise of a fresh start is part and parcel of the beginning of a new year, particularly when hardship has darkened your door in the year just past. Although no one in the library community realistically expected their institution’s fiscal standing to magically move from strapped to solvent, a new study adds bottom-line evidence that the return on investment in library service more than justifies the costs.
The first-ever economic impact study about the Philadelphia’s public libraries concludes that the library created more than $30 million worth of economic value to the city in FY2010. Particularly noteworthy is the library’s impact on business development and employment, which has rightfully become an ongoing national concern. Survey respondents reported that they couldn’t have started, sustained, or grown an estimated 8,600 businesses without the resources they accessed at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Direct economic impact: Almost $4 million.
Center for American Progress, 2011, Return on Educational Investment:
A district-by-district evaluation of U.S. educational productivity
Ambient Insight, 2011, T.H.E. Journal, PreK-12 Dominates Growth in E-Learning
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2011, Fair Use Challenges in Academic and
More than half of school and library respondents in a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) e-Rate survey say they provide some form of wireless internet access for school employees and students, but almost 80 percent of those same respondents said their broadband connections are inadequate. Fifty-five percent of those who said their broadband connections are inadequate said that slow connection speed was the deciding factor in that decision. Ten percent of survey respondents have broadband speeds of 100 Mbps or faster, and more than half (55 percent) have broadband speeds greater than 3 Mbps. More than half of school districts surveyed (60 percent) use a fiber optic connection, and 66 percent of respondents offer wireless internet access for staff, students, or library patrons.
Federal Communications Commission, 2011, Survey: Schools need faster broadband speeds
Library Resource Guide, 2011, LRG Spending Reports
Education Next, 2011, Does Whole-School Performance Pay Improve Student Learning?
Psychological Science, 2010, Social influence modulates the neural computation of value
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The first-of-its-kind longitudinal study by civic learning scholars of high school students' Internet use and civic engagement found that:
- For many youth, their interest in the Internet translates into engagement with civic and political issues.
- Contrary to popular belief, it is rare for individuals on the Internet to only be exposed to political perspectives with which they agree, but many youth are not exposed to political perspectives at all.
- Teaching new media literacies such as credibility assessment is essential for 21st century citizenship.