June 2012 Archives

A San Diego study finds California's efforts to help students pass its high school exit exams come too late in students' academic careers.

Just now the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health-care initiative—including a controversial provision that would require individuals to buy health-care insurance. But what does this provision mean for schools? It could be more connected than you'd think, as research shows health-care disparities help drive achievement gaps among students. Last year, public health experts argued in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease that health and education are "integrally linked" and educators and health officials should form stronger partnerships to improve high school graduation rates. "The reasons students drop out of school are complex,...

Social learning research could highlight much more nuanced ways to help adolescents learn, cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore argued at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland this afternoon.

A new University of California, Los Angeles study finds that teaching autistic preschoolers to share attention during play can improve their language skills five years later.

TEDGlobal 2012 speakers discuss the importance of teaching people to turn fear about emerging data and technology into opportunities.

Rebecca Maynard is stepping down as commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance to return to the University of Pennsylvania, leaving the Education Department's research agency down two top officials.

Futurist Juan Enriquez's theory on continuing human evolution has sparked debate over the causes and potential of autism, attention and perception disorders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that young people do appear to have improved their behavior in some ways, however, despite the frequency of texting while driving. Car accidents are the cause of more than 1 in 3 teen deaths in the United States each year.

For those interested in learning more about mind, brain, and education, the following books, journals and Web sites may be helpful.

Mind, brain, and education science is helping teachers conduct their own research on how their students think and how they can better engage them in learning.

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