Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gender and equity report

This international report asserts that closing persistent gender gaps matters because gender equality is a core development objective and is smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative. Building on a growing body of knowledge on the economics of gender equality and development, the Report identifies the areas where gender gaps are most significant—both intrinsically and in terms of their potential development payoff—and where growth alone cannot solve the issues. It then sets forth four priorities for public action:
Reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain
Improving access to economic opportunities for women
Increasing women’s voice and agency in the household and in society
Limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.
World Bank. (2011). World development report 2012: Gender equity and development.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Perceptions of children's use of digital media study

A recent student found that more parents are concerned about the effect of digital media on children's learning and development. However, many parents also say they do not think their children are spending too much time with computers and other devices. Parents should play video games and watch television with their children, to better understand the time they spend on these activities and to make the experience more enriching, experts say.
Takeuchi, L. (2011). Families matter: Designing media for a digital age. New York, NY: Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.