Recent Research on At-Risk Students/Motivation

To increase graduation rate, colleges rethink non-credit pre-requisits

To increase graduation rate, colleges rethink non-credit pre-requisits

Four years’ worth of college credits is daunting for any student. But, when colleges also require a bunch of non-credit remedial courses in math and English many students find the challenge insurmountable. Very few students who need to take non-credit remedial courses ever enroll in and complete their first college courses, says a new report from Complete… Tell Me More »

Teacher modeling important for student engagement

Teacher modeling important for student engagement

To engage students as much as possible, teachers often give students feedback and frequent opportunities to participate in class.  But another important engagement tool is modeling desired actions or behaviors, according to a recent research review of teaching practices that increase student engagement in Preventing School Failure:  Alternative Education for Children and Youth. “While many desired academic… Tell Me More »

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Homeless students and recently homeless students benefitted even more than other middle schoolers from an 8-week mindfulness training course,  according to a new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  A total of 63 children from two charter schools, one a traditional charter school and another that serves youth who current live or… Tell Me More »

Six strategies to help students manage achievement gap stress

“Mind the gap” means be aware of how inequality in income, opportunity and socioeconomic status affects student achievement. It also means, be aware of the psychological effects of the achievement gap on students’ feelings, beliefs, attitudes and sense of self. Achievement gaps create a psychological predicament, a threat to one’s social identity and sense of… Tell Me More »

‘Leaky pipeline’ to STEM careers is misleading metaphor

Are you worried that too few of your students are taking advanced science and math courses and are on track for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers? It’s much too early to predict their career trajectories, says a new study in Science Education.  The path to a chosen career is rarely linear.  In 10 years, many students… Tell Me More »

Academic buoyancy: If you have it, you’re more likely to succeed

Academic buoyancy is an important but overlooked factor in why students, and not always the ones you would predict, fare well in school, says a new study in the British Journal of Educational Psychology. Many educators are familiar with the concept of “resilience,”  a student’s ability to overcome major hardships and threats to well-being and… Tell Me More »

Children who can shift focus in kindergarten have better academic outcomes

Children who can quickly shift their attention to new tasks perform better in school than children who have difficulty making those transitions, according to a new study in in Mind, Brain, and Education. Cognitive control, the ability to shift behavior in response to changing demands and conditions, is an important factor in student learning and… Tell Me More »

How resilient students turn adversity into an academic strength

Adversity is often a risk factor for educational achievement. But in resilient children, adversity can be turned into capital, providing a crucial kind of autonomy when students face educational challenges and transitions, says a recent study in the British Educational Research Journal. Researchers conducted a narrative analysis of two English students from working class families… Tell Me More »