Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reducing Academic Pressure May Help Children Succeed

Oooh, I love these kinds of studies, where it's shown quite clearly that testing and grade scores are not the be all and end all of education.

This particular study was conducted by a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France.

"The study noted that the students’ improvement on the tests most likely was temporary, but the results showed that working memory capacity may be improved simply by boosting students’ confidence and reducing their fear of failure. “Our research suggests that students will benefit from education that gives them room to struggle with difficulty,” Autin said. “Teachers and parents should emphasize children’s progress rather than focusing solely on grades and test scores. Learning takes time and each step in the process should be rewarded, especially at early stages when students most likely will experience failure.”"

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