Research

Following the latest educational and child development research is a large component of what we do here at SOS Alberta. Below are a selection of links and resources we think highlight and support many of the issues facing today’s students. Feel free to comment and send us any links you would like to share.

EDUCATION AND LEARNING

Myths about education:

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/18-myths-people-believe-about-education/

Learning and the brain: also talks about early learning (Berkeley University)

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/nine_things_educators_need_to_know_about_the_brain

Learning and the brain: (American Psychological Association) focused on the development of the brain.  The “interventions” section is good

http://www.apa.org/education/k12/brain-function.aspx

Video on brain and learning

http://www.brainfacts.org/educators/educator-resources/articles-folder/2016/the-truth-behind-brain-based-learning-051916/

Lots of research for brain and learning: Brain Rules (I have the audiobook)

http://www.brainrules.net

Adolescent Development and learning (edutopia – also has other great resources)

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-development-adolescent-growth-spurts-judy-willis

Need for starting school later for adolescence.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/08/25/343125751/pediatricians-say-school-should-start-later-for-teens-health

Initial studies on learning

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/dec/12/the-science-of-learning-five-classic-studies

Brain and learning: This article talks about the areas of the brain that influence learning.  The hippocampus and amygdala which are also the emotional regulatory areas of the brain.  Links the importance of emotional regulation and learning.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-investigators-discover-new-mechanism-may-be-important-learning-memory

Dr. Perry’s YouTube channel with  in-depth educational videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf4ZUgIXyxRcUNLuhimA5mA?feature=watch

Most of Dr. Perry’s speeches are not published and he prefers to cite his books instead:

      -The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: What Traumatized Children Teach Us

Sequential Neurodevelopment (how the brain learns) Dr. Bruce Perry

  • The brain is undeveloped at birth – the brain stem is almost all we have when we’re born
  • The brain organizes from the “bottom”  up  –  brain stem first, then up to cortex – and from the inside out.  So whatever harms the brain stem, multiples its effects through the rest of the brain.
  • Organization and functional capacity of neural systems is sequential
  • Experiences do not have equal “valence” throughout development. Earlier experiences have more weight

Core elements of positive developmental, educational & therapeutic experiences

  • Relational (safe)                                           
  • Relevant (developmentally- matched)‐
  • Repetitive (patterned)
  • Rewarding (pleasurable)
  • Rhythmic (resonant with neural patterns)     • Respectful (of child, family,culture)

Music/Art

Research on learning and brain knowledge (Dana Foundation):  Good information about current struggles with curriculum and how to integrate research of brain development to teaching. Support for music and art

http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/The_Science_of_Education/

Music and learning

http://neurosciencenews.com/neurodevelopment-music-training-4519/

Arts/music and positive brain development and learning:

http://www.dana.org/Publications/ReportDetails.aspx?id=44267

Exercise

Running and learning (support for exercise)

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/can-running-make-you-smarter/?_r=0

Language

General benefits of learning language

http://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/bilingualism-benefits/

Reading

Research on the results of reading on the brain

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/08/05/peds.2015-0359.abstract?sid=5b1e0b71-9369-4d5e-923b-8a304e346b35

Attention

Overview on how to keep attention and strategies for attention

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-getting-keeping-brains-attention-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

TEACHER EDUCATION

Report on the quality of education to become a teacher

http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Learning_About_Learning_Report

ALBERTA DOCUMENTS

Alberta Mental Health Review 2015

http://www.health.alberta.ca/initiatives/Mental-Health-Review.html

Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Alberta Challenge and Resilience

http://www.geoec.org/articles/immigrant-refugee-youth-alberta.pdf

Alberta’s Commission on Learning

https://education.alberta.ca/media/1626474/commissionreport.pdf

STATISTICS ABOUT EDUCATION

Canadian comparison for education:

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat?pid=1821&id=1822&lang=eng&type=OLC&pageNum=1&more=0

Demographics across Canada

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-595-m/2013099/tbl-eng.htm

 

High School Completion rates across Canada

http://www.the10and3.com/the-vast-disparity-in-canadas-high-school-graduation-rates-00016/

Report card for Canadian education 2015.  It’s great news

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/provincial/education.aspx

More stats on education and drop-out

http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/publications/k12/indicators/ch10_early_school_leavers.pdf

International Statistics

https://data.oecd.org/pisa/reading-performance-pisa.htm#indicator-chart

STRATEGIES

Nutritions and healthy eating curriculum

Different curriculums for healthy eating and nutrition in schools (US Government Department of Health)

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/tools-resources/curricula-toolkits.htm

Yoga and Mindfulness

Talks about self awareness building through yoga

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-yoga-changes-the-brain/?WT.mc=SA_MindFacebook

Community Engagement in Education

Pathways to Education

Magnolia Place – strongly favored by United Way for vulnerable communities because there is a strong Education component

http://magnoliaplacela.org

First 2000 Days Network – collaborative working to link, leverage and influence early childhood readiness for learning

http://www.2000days.ca