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The Best Language for Math

English is not the best language for learning math. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish all use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly. For example, Chinese has only 9 number names, while English has more than 24 unique number names. Place value is more clearly expressed  in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The number…

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Kid’s Brains Reorganize When Learning Math Skills

Scientists have put brain scanners on children to help learn how the brain reorganizes itself when kids learn math. At some point, kids stop counting on their fingers and just know the answer. Around the ages of 8-9, kids make the switch from fact retrieval to memory based problem solving and how well they are…

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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Researchers have recently begun to examine the benefits of video games in learning. They have found four skill sets in which video games have had a positive impact: cognitive, motivational, emotional and social. Cognitive benefits include increased ability to focus, pay attention and react. Motivational benefits include encouraging an incremental theory of intelligence. Emotional benefits…

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Research finds disparity between kindergarten math curriculum and knowledge

Amy Claessens, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, recently published a paper that shows that many kindergarten teachers are instructing students math concepts that the children already learned before entering kindergarten, and that this discrepancy is having a negative impact on the students test scores. In a previous…

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Hand gestures help children learn math

New research from the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology found that using hand gestures while solving math problems, leads to more in-depth understanding of how to solve math problems and the ability to generalize knowledge learned during instruction. Researchers randomly assigned 90 children, using  different types of interaction, such as putting magnetic number tiles…

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The Importance of Belonging in STEM for Girls and Women

Feeling like you belong in a field has a dramatic impact on your success in that field.  That’s the message of Scott Barry Kaufman‘s recent post, The Need for Belonging in Math and Science, in Scientific American’s Beautiful Minds blog. Kaufman, a cognitive psychologist at New York University interested in the development of intelligence and creativity,…

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I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack

Catherine Rampell, an economics writer for the New York Times, has written a thoughtful article about how popular culture could help draw more young women into computer science as a career choice. She begins her discussion with the story of 16-year old Nikki Allen, a young woman who was interested in a career as a…

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Several studies cited in this post by Annie Murphy Paul in the KQED MindShift blog suggest that girls should play more video games to improve their math and especially their spatial skills.  According to research published in Psychological Science, the ability to manipulate shapes is a predictor of creative and scholarly achievements.  High scores in tests of…

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