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Students of both genders carry around stereotypes about school achievement. Children image via www.shutterstock.com.

Stereotypes can hold boys back in school, too

Recent research raised concerns about girls' stereotypes on their gender's lack of 'brilliance.' But an overlooked finding suggests boys also hold hindering stereotypes about themselves in school.
A student revising class work in Kenya. The quality of maths teaching in schools can have a profound impact on learner interest. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here’s why

The quality of what pupils come to know, understand and are able to do has a big impact on students. Low quality leads to boredom as well as fear and anxiety about maths as a subject
What can be done to get more kids interested in STEM? Child image via www.shutterstock.com

Group work gets kids more engaged in STEM

A study with pre-school children found that their motivation and interest improved when they believed they were part of a group.
How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain? woodleywonderworks

Music training speeds up brain development in children

Several brain regions engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. What then are the benefits of music training on a child?
When do girls come to like pink and boys blue? AquaOwl

When do children develop their gender identity?

Gender is more of a flexible state than most people think. And as children, we start out thinking more flexibly about gender than we end up as adults.
It takes a while, but most children develop empathy easily. Zurijeta/Shutterstock

How do children learn empathy?

A child mainly learns empathy through imitating adults – yet another reason to treat others well.

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