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21 September 2016
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Learning and Teaching
How does language learning affect the brain?
How does language learning affect the brain?
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People who are bilingual have longer attention spans and a better ability to focus, assert researchers from the UK's University of Birmingham. Researchers performed tests on a group of people who spoke only English and another group who since an early age have spoken English and Chinese.
ScienceAlert (Australia & New Zealand) (15 Sep.) 
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Professional Development
School resumes in Turkey following attempted coup
Widespread staffing shortages are expected as schools in Turkey reopen following the firing of tens of thousands of teachers over their suspected alliances in an attempted coup. As students returned to school, they watched videos and read pamphlets related to the political uprising.
Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (19 Sep.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Gordon Brown: Lack of education harms children, countries
The world must ensure that all children receive an education or face the consequences of an uneducated populace, writes Gordon Brown, the United Nations special envoy for global education. Without education, children will be unable to fulfill their potential and will become "easy prey for extremists and terrorist organizations," he writes.
Project Syndicate (Prague) (16 Sep.) 
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Study explores access to higher education in Asia, Africa
Some developing countries lag behind when it comes to access to higher education, according to a study of higher-education participation rates in 35 countries in South Asia and Africa by researchers at the University of Cambridge. Researchers found that socioeconomic status played a factor and that female students often faced obstacles.
InsideHigherEd.com (16 Sep.) 
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Technology
Thailand opens STEM hub for schools
Thailand has opened a science, technology, engineering and maths hub as part of a public-private partnership designed to improve STEM teaching and learning. The hub will be a resource for eight host schools and 32 workstation schools.
The Nation (18 Sep.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Should students in Ireland study coding?
Ireland Education Minister Richard Bruton recently proposed that students begin learning computer coding as early as primary school. In this commentary, teacher Michelle McBride suggests that students have access to a varied curriculum and that more thought go into whether to focus on coding.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (19 Sep.) 
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