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Children's learning

I want to talk to you this month about an educational project that’s been running for some years here in New Zealand. The Project on Learning spent three years...
Nowadays every school has to have computers. I don't refer to legal requirementbut to perception. Schools are judged on how many computers they have. It would be more to the point...
Types of reading disability A longitudinal study that used imaging to compare brain activation patterns has identified two types of reading disability:
Montessori education
We all know that lack of sleep makes us more prone to attentional failures, more likely to make mistakes, makes new information harder to learn, old information harder to...
Some comments on the commonalities between the Suzuki approach to learning music and the Montessori approach to education.
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...
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...
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....
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...

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...
Intelligence in a cultural context One theory of intelligence sees intelligence in terms of adaptiveness. Thus: "What constitutes intelligence depends upon what the situation...
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...
Some personal experience

Brain development

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...
The conventional view of brain development has been that most of this takes place in utero and in the first three years,