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Children's learning

A number of countries have national curricula: France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom. Most States...
Types of reading disability A longitudinal study that used imaging to compare brain activation patterns has identified two types of reading disability:
While parents and teachers have always strongly supported small class sizes, their belief has not always been supported by evidence. Part of the problem lies in that word “small...
Compulsory Education: When it starts and how long it lasts Around the world, for the most part, compulsory schooling starts at 6, although some start at 7, and a very few at 5 or even younger....
Two large-scale international studies have become established to compare countries' performance in the core subjects of literacy, mathematics and science. TIMSS: Trends in International...
Some comments on the commonalities between the Suzuki approach to learning music and the Montessori approach to education.
Children’s understanding, and their use of memory and learning strategies, is a considerably more complex situation than most of us realize. To get some feeling for this complexity, let...
Introduction
Many parents enrol their children in Montessori preschools because they are an "educational" way of getting childminding - if you're going to put...
The Suggested Benefits of Homework The most obvious presumed benefit of homework is, of course, that it will improve students' understanding and retention of the material covered....

Individual differences

Widely cited gender differences in cognition It is clear that there are differences between the genders in terms of cognitive function; it is much less clear that there are differences in...
You may have heard of “g”. It’s the closest we’ve come to that elusive attribute known as “intelligence”, but it is in fact a...
Some personal experience
I’ve always been interested in the body’s clocks — and one of the most interesting things is that it is clocks, in the plural. It appears the main clock is located in a part of the...
Intelligence in a cultural context One theory of intelligence sees intelligence in terms of adaptiveness. Thus: "What constitutes intelligence depends upon what the situation...

Brain development

The conventional view of brain development has been that most of this takes place in utero and in the first three years, with the further development continuing until the brain is fully mature at around 10-12 years of age. The turbulence of adolescent behavior has been deemed to be mostly caused by hormonal changes.
Children’s understanding, and their use of memory and learning strategies, is a considerably more complex situation than most of us realize. To get some feeling for this complexity, let’s start by looking at a specific area of knowledge: mathematics. Children's math understanding Here’s a math problem: Pete has 3 apples. Ann also has some apples. Pete and Ann have 9...