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What Constitutes Teacher Expertise? New Research Points to the Answer

Dec. 21, 2022 — Research has identified key characteristics and practices of expert …

Masks Can Put Cognitive Performance in Check, Chess Study Finds

Dec. 9, 2022 — Wearing a face mask can temporarily disrupt decision-making in some situations, a new study of chess players has found. The study analyzed almost three million chess moves played by more than eight …

The Secret to STEM Diversity May Lie in Peer Mentorship

Dec. 7, 2022 — A new paper shows that when first-year female STEM students are mentored by student peers, the positive ripple effect lasts throughout their undergraduate years and into their postgraduate lives, …

Children Have Less Perceived Access to Important Tools Than Reported by Their Parents

Nov. 29, 2022 — According to a new study, children think they have less access to common measurement tools and toys around the house than their parents …

In-Person Learning Helped Narrow Reading Gaps During Pandemic

Nov. 17, 2022 — A study has found that although there were steep learning losses in reading for elementary school students during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person learning opportunities helped some of those students …

Research Points to Positive Mental Health Outcomes for Young People Who Have Attended University

Nov. 10, 2022 — University attendance appears to produce better mental health outcomes for young people, according to new research. The study also suggests that a university environment has a positive influence on …

Warning of the Need to Standardize the Beach Safety Signage System

Oct. 31, 2022 — A study warns that safety flag systems differ even between beaches in close proximity to each other, and that this lack of uniformity may be due to an outdated legal framework and the absence of an …

Universities Love Interdisciplinary STEM Programs, but What About Students?

Oct. 17, 2022 — A recent study reveals how undergraduate students engage with interdisciplinary learning throughout their college careers and beyond — and how universities should respond to support such …

Teachers Detail Digital Safety Concerns, Strategies in Elementary Schools

Oct. 13, 2022 — Elementary school teachers raised concerns about cyberbullying, students accessing inappropriate content online and other …

Research Finds Earlier Start Times Have Little Effect on Elementary School Outcomes

Oct. 13, 2022 — Earlier elementary school day start times predict less sleep for students but have little to no effect on their educational outcomes, according to new …

When School Feels ‘Like Prison,’ Test Scores, College Attendance Drop

Sep. 21, 2022 — Students at high schools with prominent security measures have lower math scores, are less likely to attend college and are suspended more compared to students in schools with less surveillance, a …

High School Students With Disabilities Achieve Better Outcomes in Inclusive Academic Settings

Sep. 15, 2022 — Indiana high school students with disabilities who spent 80 percent of their educational time in general education classrooms scored higher on state reading and math assessments and were better …

Teachers Want Support to Embrace Nature Play in Primary Education

Aug. 25, 2022 — While nature play infrastructure grows, new research from Australia shows that teachers also need a knowledge-boost on how to best link nature play areas to the curriculum and children’s …

‘Tracking’ Students Can Be Beneficial, Study Finds

Aug. 24, 2022 — College students who are marginally placed into ‘high-ability’ classes have lower grades and graduation rates, according to new …

Scientists Want to Bridge Public Divide

Aug. 24, 2022 — Scientists conducted a survey of 530 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff at U.S. academic institutions to examine their motivations and barriers to participation in science …

Preterm Birth’s Link With Educational Attainment Explored in U.K. Primary and Secondary Schoolchildren

Aug. 17, 2022 — All children born before full term are more likely to have poorer attainment during primary school compared with children born full term (39-41 weeks), but only children born very preterm — before …

Strategies Revealed for Effective Delivery of K-12 Online Education

Aug. 11, 2022 — A new analysis by education researchers reveals best practices and challenges for online K-12 …

50 Years of Research Productivity Trends Across Fields and Genders

Aug. 10, 2022 — An analysis of scholarly research papers published in the last 50 years provides new insights into trends in research productivity, highlighting an overall increase in productivity and a worldwide …

Framework for Prioritizing Investment in Drinking Water Systems

July 13, 2022 — Researchers have published a study that aims to assist state and local water authorities in making decisions about where to prioritize funding for infrastructure improvements on drinking water lead …

Education System ‘Neglecting the Importance of Plants’

July 11, 2022 — People are becoming ‘disconnected from the botanical world’ at a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, warn a group of research scientists. They say the problem …

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The Secret to STEM Diversity May Lie in Peer Mentorship


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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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