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Research Papers - Child Development

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Visit to download the pdf March 2013 Persistant Poverty and Children's Cognitive Development
Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, Working Paper 2012/2 .
by Andy Dickerson and Gurleen Popli
Child poverty; cognitive development
Download pdf September 2012 Understanding Children from 0 to 3 and its Implications for Education
Our views on infancy and toddlerhood have greatly changed during recent decades, as already documented by previous reviews of ECEC literature (Plaisance and Rayna 1997; Rayna and Plaisance 1998). But increasing knowledge induces a need for continuing research, particularly with regard to the under-3s. Today there is a growing awareness of the persistent lack of knowledge supporting a more respectful welcome of the youngest in our changing societies.
by Sylvie Rayna and Ferre Laevers (2011)
European Early Childhood Research Journal
0 to 3 years; infancy and toddlerhood; education
Download pdf September 2012 Give Them Time - an analysis of school readiness in Ireland's early education system; a Steiner Waldorf Perspective
This paper examines a Steiner Waldorf Perspective to School Readiness and applies that international ideology to educational practice and curriculum policy in modern Ireland. The case for a later school start is championed with strong arguments underpinning the reasons why a later start is better in the long run for children’s formal learning capacity and enthusiasm. Current primary school curriculums for the early years are also analysed and catalogued against Steiner philosophical best practice in early learning to promote a child-centred early learning curriculum within the Irish primary educational system.
by Doireann O'Connor & Jonathan Angus, (2012)
Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education
School readiness; early years; primary education; Steiner Waldorf; Ireland
Download Knudsen_etal_2006.pdf February 2011 Document: Economic, neurobiological, and behavioral perspectives on building America's future workforce
A growing proportion of the U.S. workforce will have been raised in disadvantaged environments that are associated with relatively high proportions of individuals with diminished cognitive and social skills. A cross-disciplinary examination of research in economics, developmental psychology, and neurobiology reveals a striking convergence on a set of common principles that account for the potent effects of early environment on the capacity for human skill development.
by Eric I. Knudsen, James J. Heckman, Judy L. Cameron, and Jack P. Shonkoff
Child development, early experience, economic productivity, critical and sensitive periods, brain development
Visit the Nursery World website to view this article January 2011 Learning & Development: Reading - Willing and able?
Dr Sebastian Suggate is Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Wurzburg
Reading, language, children, curriculum, communication, language, literacy, speech, learning and development
Visit September 2010 Research from the Department of Education published October 2007 'When You Are Born Matters: the Impact of Date of Birth on Child Cognitive Outcomes in England'
by Claire Crawford, Institute for Fiscal Studies; Lorraine Dearden, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute of Education, University of London; Costas Meghir, Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London
Birth effects, Early Years Foundation Stage, Formal instruction, Play based learning, Assessment, Key stages
Download Watkins_10_Lng_Perf_Imp_ev.pdf from the Institute of Education website September 2010 Document: INSI Research Matters - Learning, Performance and Improvement
by Chris Watkins
The Research Publication of the International Network for School Improvement
Learning, school performance, learning orientation, performance orientation
Download DFE RR001.pdf 2010 DFE month of birth and education outcomes
by Schools Analysis and Research Division
Birth effects, early years foundation stage, formal instruction, play based learning, assessment, key stages
Download NZ11childdev_reading.pdf 2009 Research into Early Reading Instruction and Luke Effects in the Development of Reading
by Dr Sebastian Suggate, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, NZ
JOURNAL for Waldorf/R. Steiner Education Vol. 11.2, Nov. 2009
Reading, reading skills, child development, language, children
Download playfinal.pdf from the American Academy of Pediatrics website 2009 The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds
by Ginnsburg, K. (2007) Pediatrics. Vol 119, no.1 Jan 2007. The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Children, adolescent, play, parents, resilience, mental health, college schedules
Download Hirsh-Pasek-Why-Play=Learning.pdf 2008 Why Play = Learning
by KATHY HIRSH-PASEK, PhD ROBERTA MICHNICK GOLINKOFF, PhD Temple University, USA University of Delaware, USA
(Published online October 15, 2008)
Play, school readiness, school performance
Download pdf from the American Psychological Association (APA) website 2009 Cardiovascular reactivity to stress predicts future blood pressure in adolescence
Matthews, K.A., Salomon, K., Brady, S.S., & Allen, M.T. (2003)
Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 410-415. Article
Adolescence, cardiovascular reactivity, stress, prospective, blood pressure, african american
Visit the Play England website for pdf download links 2007 Play, naturally: A review of children's natural play
Stuart Lester and Martin Maudsley
Playwork Partnerships
Play, childhood, children learning, development, relationships
Visit the Play England website for pdf download links 2007 Play for a Change: Play, Policy and Practice: A review of contemporary perspectives
Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell
University of Gloucestershire / Play England
Play, childhood, children learning, development, relationships

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