Overcoming adversity

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

Lockdowns threaten child development – can parenting programmes help?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been making life difficult for parents around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, many have struggled to give children the care and education they need. Stuck at home, families from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds have been particularly affected, says Jamie Lachman, an Oxford University researcher who co-founded the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) … Read more

What makes us human?

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

Maths anxiety is a global concern

The negative link between maths anxiety and maths achievement is well documented across high-income countries, and new research points to a similar relationship in low-income contexts. This global concern needs to be tackled with early interventions for students, and teacher support. Such actions should reduce maths anxiety and improve maths performance. How often do you … Read more

“Children look to teachers as role models for how to treat their peers”

Jeanine Grütter discusses the influence teachers have on students’ willingness to include others, which may in turn affect academic achievement. Aisha Schnellmann: How do relationships with peers and teachers affect children’s academic success? Jeanine Grütter: Relationships with peers and teachers are very important for a child’s personal development. Good relationships with supportive teachers can protect … Read more

“The children learn that there are many ways to see the world”

By building their own digital books, Swiss kindergarten teacher Caroline Cortès’ young pupils learn to structure and communicate their ideas. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: Why did you decide to use tablets with your kindergarten pupils? Caroline Cortès: During the first COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, I searched for work my students could do at home without … Read more

Do children’s explanations of performance increase the attainment gap?

Children seem to attribute individual differences in the classroom to inherent qualities, overlooking external factors that contribute to performance. This can lead to reduced motivation and achievement among more poorly performing children, potentially increasing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged students and their peers. But it may be possible to help children overcome their biases. … Read more

How can education systems better support kids from diverse backgrounds?

The education of our children is the foundation for a successful society. Yet we continue to see striking differences in the quality of that education. How can we improve our systems to help all children thrive? Strong, nurturing early relationships at home, school, and in the community, set the stage for healthy learning. Some children, … Read more

Caring for children: Meeting basic needs is not enough

Scientists have identified two ways in which caregivers can support healthy development in children: by providing cognitive and emotional input. Cognitive input, such as exposure to words, music and puzzles, promotes the ability to learn. Emotional input, like hugs and praise, fosters a nurturing and supportive relationship between child and caregiver. If one type of … Read more