Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)

Parenting styles, behaviour and skills and their impact on young children (2007)

Lessons in Learning - December 13, 2007

This paper summarizes recent research on parenting styles and highlights a number of programs aimed at helping parents improve their skills.

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2012-12-18

Media literacy for children in the internet age (2008)

Lessons in Learning – January 10, 2008

While new media can promote learning, it can also expose children to danger, including inappropriate sexual content and online bullying. Media literacy, for both parents and children, is vital for understanding new media and for ensuring that children’s exposure to the digital world is safe and enjoyable.

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2012-09-04

Parents' role in their children's homework (2008)

Lessons in Learning – February 7, 2008

According to a 2007 survey, 72 percent of Canadian parents feel that homework is a frequent source of household stress, though most parents also believe that it is a valuable learning tool.

This document contains advice, culled from a variety of sources, on how parents can reduce the stress level and ensure that homework is a good learning experience for their children.

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2012-08-29

How low literacy can affect your health (2008)

Lessons in Learning – March 6, 2008

If individuals are to make educated decisions about their health, they must have the literacy skills required to find and understand reliable and up-to-date health-related information, the authors of this document say. However, despite Canada’s pride in its national health care program and a relatively high standard of living, disparities in literacy skills have a significant negative impact on the health of Canadians.

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2012-08-24

Bullying in Canada - how intimidation affects learning (2008)

Lessons in Learning – March 20, 2008

Bullying in schools can cause serious and lasting harm to both the victim and the perpetrator, and has been linked to such problems as substance abuse, aggression, and social withdrawal.

The authors of this document examine research about the effectiveness of intervention programs in ending bullying.

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2012-08-16

Aboriginal and rural under-representation in Canada's medical schools (2008)

Lessons in Learning – April 17, 2008

Aboriginal people represent 4.5 percent of the Canadian population, but less than one percent of first-year medical students in Canada surveyed for a 2001 study were Aboriginal people. The same study showed that while almost a quarter of Canadians live in rural areas, only about 11 percent of medical students were from such communities.

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2012-08-10

Students on the move: Ways to address the impact of mobility among Aboriginal students (2008)

Lessons in Learning – May 15, 2008

The high school completion rate for Aboriginal students falls well short of the Canadian average. Recent research has highlighted student mobility as a major barrier to successful completion of high school.

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2012-07-30

Mixed Messages: How to choose among conflicting information to support healthy development in young children (2008)

Lessons in Learning – May 29, 2008

Today’s parents are faced with a bewildering amount of information on how to promote the health of their young children. Often, the messages they receive are contradictory, the authors of this paper point out. For instance, messages about safety may conflict with advice on promoting vigorous outdoor activity.

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2012-07-27

Gappers: Taking time off between high school and post-secondary studies (2008)

Lessons in Learning – June 26, 2008

Taking a “gap year” between high school and postsecondary education is a common practice in the United Kingdom and Australia, but less common in Canada. “Gappers” choose to delay enrolment for any of a number of reasons, including the need to earn money to pay for further studies or a desire to travel.

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2012-07-16

Summer learning loss (2008)

Lessons in Learning – June 12, 2008

The existing Canadian school calendar, with its long summer vacation, creates a gap in the learning cycle during which students forget some of what they have learned, requiring teachers to devote significant instructional time to review when students return to school.

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2012-07-12

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