Study: Girls outperform boys in 70% of countries | Canadian study: Students using mindfulness techniques perform better in maths | New Zealand teachers give students more autonomy over instruction
28 January 2015
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Study: Girls outperform boys in 70% of countries
Girls outperform boys in maths, reading and science in about 70% of countries, according to data gathered between 2000 and 2010 from the Programme for International Student Assessment. Researchers said the trend held true regardless of the status of gender equality in the country. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (22 Jan.)
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Canadian study: Students using mindfulness techniques perform better in maths
Students who learned mindfulness practices, such as meditation and gratitude, posted improved maths scores compared with students who did not use the practices, according to a recent study of students in British Columbia, Canada. Students also outperformed their peers in other areas, such as cognitive control, emotional control, optimism and empathy. (26 Jan.)
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Professional development for educators in New South Wales, Australia, is getting an overhaul. The Department of Education & Communities recently announced the adoption of the Performance and Development Framework, which will include teacher-developed goals and annual reviews. EducationHQ (23 Jan.)
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Analysis: Private-school students outperform peers in England
Students from private schools in England earned about 30% of all top scores on recent A-level exams, but made up 13.6% of test-takers, according to a recent analysis from the Independent Schools Council. "It is indicative of the significant added value provided by independent schools, due to factors such as intensive, focused teaching and smaller class sizes," Tracy Cook, of the ISC, said. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (25 Jan.)
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Taiwanese lawmakers have taken steps to limit the amount of time students spend using technology by expanding a law that already places some limits on screen time. The proposed changes make it illegal for parents to permit an unreasonable amount of screen time, but the law does not define "unreasonable." The Atlantic online (26 Jan.)
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More private middle schools in Japan add English to entrance exams
A growing number of private middle schools in Japan are including English as a subject on entrance exams as the government prepares to include English in the primary-school curriculum in 2020. Another trend among private middle schools is to administer "aptitude-test-styled" entrance exams. The Japan Times (25 Jan.)
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