Middle school students -- African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Caucasians -- felt safer and less bullied, reported more tolerance and less prejudice toward students of other ethnicities and believed teachers treated all students more fairly and equally in more diverse schools, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development.
A University of Alberta pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth has been found in a new study to significantly lessen cases of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The EMPATHY program ran in public schools in Red Deer, Alberta from 2013 to 2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12.
Improving school leadership by better selecting, training and evaluating principals can be an affordable option for school districts that aim to reduce turnover and improve schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. The first-of-its kind study examined how six large urban school districts are investing in their leaders. Researchers found that improving school leadership has been affordable for the six districts, which spent 0.4 percent of their annual budgets to better the quality of school leaders.
Researchers can look into your eyes to determine whether you're getting your lutein, a pigment found in green leafy vegetables that is known to accumulate in the brain. Two new studies find that children with higher lutein levels in the eye tend to do better than others on tests of cognition and academic achievement, even after accounting for other factors known to influence academic performance such as IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness.
More than half of school-age youth in the United States are members of ethnic minority groups, yet the nation's public schools are becoming less ethnically diverse. Recognizing these conflicting trends and the lack of research on the effects of ethnic diversity, a new study sought to determine how the diversity of middle school students and classrooms shapes students' self-reported well-being and their views on race.
Disadvantaged youth who believe that the American social system is fair develop lower self-esteem, engage in risky behaviors, and are less attentive in the classroom over the course of middle school, finds a study led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
A new study of language and social change in post-apartheid South Africa demonstrates that gender is a more powerful determinant than class among black university students. The study 'Class, gender, and substrate erasure in sociolinguistic change: A sociophonetic study of schwa in deracializing South African English', by Rajend Mesthrie (University of Cape Town) will be published in the June, 2017 issue of the scholarly journal Language.
A new study by an MIT-based team of economists has developed a novel way of evaluating and improving VAMs. By taking data from Boston schools with admissions lotteries, the scholars have used the random assignment of students to schools to see how similar groups of students fare in different classroom settings.
Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Parents of prematurely born babies often fear their children may go on to struggle in school, but findings from a new large-scale study from the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine should reassure parents.