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Scientists find grit and determination does lead to better grades and higher acheivement in school

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Hard work really does pay off say scientists who found that perseverance leads to better grades and higher achievement in school. Being passionate is not enough to ensure academic success say researchers, who identified'grit' as a key to success. This is defined as effort in pursuing long-term goals, and the determination to continue one's efforts in spite of adversity. Experts think that the finding could help create new training to help children develop the skill and help ensure their future successes. Hard work really does pay off say scientists who found that perseverance leads to better grades and higher achievement in school.

Girls really are just as good at maths! Myths about gender differences in education don't stand up

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Boys and girls perform equally at maths, according to a study looking to dispel gender myths in education. Analysis of over 20,000 students from primary and secondary schools across the UK suggested that differences in maths attainment between girls and boys are almost negligible. It also indicated that regular and high-quality maths practice improves outcomes across the board and that primary pupils outperformed secondary students with better attainment scores. The study, carried out by Professor Keith Topping at the University of Dundee and the education assessment company Renaissance has led to calls for a cultural change in schools. Professor Topping believes his findings challenge many prevailing stereotypes around gender and the study of maths.

There is NO such thing as different learning styles scientists say

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It can be an easy excuse to explain away poor grades. But a new study claims that having a'different learning style' isn't a legitimate reason for failing to learn. In fact, scientists believe it's a myth that some people learn better using different methods, such as'visual learning.' Despite this, as many as 96 per cent of teachers subscribe to the idea of learning styles. Using different'learning styles' to get the most out of pupils is a fruitless endeavour, according to a new study which suggests people have no preferred way of learning.

Researchers say class clowns begin to lose friends at age eight

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While class clowns' playful behavior may have amused their classmates in early elementary school, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle by third grade, a new study has found. Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discovered that first and second graders with mischievous personalities were some of the most sought-after playmates. But within a couple years, their classmates' disapproval of their behavior causes their social standing to fall. The change in perception of the students could be due to students mirroring teachers' responses to behavior that they find disruptive. A study has found that kids dubbed'class clowns' are the most popular in first and second grade, but by third grade their social standing plummets down One of the most concerning finds is that by third grade, playful boys may be internalizing others' negative assessments and begin viewing themselves as social failures, the researcher say.

Children born at beginning of school year have double the chance of being elected to parliament

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Children born earlier in the school year are much more likely to be elected into parliament, a new study has found. Researchers found that children who are the oldest in their class - so September babies in Britain - are twice as likely to be elected than their younger peers. This'relative age effect' (RAE) is thought to happen because children born early in the school year are bigger, given more responsibilities and psychologically stronger than their peers. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is born in December. 'The existence of an RAE in various professional sports and educational performance is well documented', researchers from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) wrote in their paper.