New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently conducted a study on the effects of tech use in classrooms by randomly assigning 450 students to one of three sections of the same required economics class: one that permitted laptops and tablets, one that did not, and a control group. Since West Point is … Continue reading New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

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UK Study Finds 1 In 7 Teens Becomes Christian Because Of Visiting A Church, Not Parachurch Ministries

One in seven British Christian teens say a visit to a church building was a key factor in influencing them to adopt their faith, according to a new study. Nearly one in five said attending a religious school was the major factor in preserving or introducing their Christian faith. “This shows the power of church … Continue reading UK Study Finds 1 In 7 Teens Becomes Christian Because Of Visiting A Church, Not Parachurch Ministries

New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses some interesting results from a new study that finds good English teachers improved students' learning in math. First, ELA [English literature] teachers may, on average, provide a bigger boost to what are usually called non-cognitive skills: self-regulation, persistence, seeing oneself as belonging in school, and so on. … Continue reading New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom

While many politicians assume parents don't know enough to make smart choices about where and how to educate their kids, two new international studies find that the level of private school enrollment in a country is directly related to significantly higher levels of student achievement and political freedom. A companion report examined the effects on economic … Continue reading International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom

Researchers Find Field Trips To Art Museums And Theater Do Benefit Kids

The journal Education Next is highlighting two recent studies by Jay P. Greene and colleagues that find a measurable improvement in kids' empathy for others, academic knowledge, and a greater taste for culture after the children visited art museums or watched classic live theater. The art museum authors comment on the marked decline in children's … Continue reading Researchers Find Field Trips To Art Museums And Theater Do Benefit Kids

Study: Screens Distract Readers From Understanding The Bigger Picture

Reading on-screen prompted young adults to focus on details over context, finds a new series of experiments. Screen reading "led to greater focus on concrete details, but less ability to infer meaning or quickly get the gist of a problem," reports Education Week. This made them worse at making judgments about things like which car was … Continue reading Study: Screens Distract Readers From Understanding The Bigger Picture