Lessons in Learning

No “drop” in the bucket: the high costs of dropping out (2009)

Lessons in Learning – February 4, 2009

Despite recent declines in high school dropout rates, thousands of young Canadians still leave high school every year without a diploma.

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2012-04-30

Changing our schools: Implementing successful educational reform (2009)

Lessons in Learning – January 15, 2009

Large-scale educational reform requires a significant investment of resources and, if unsuccessful, risks wasting students’ and teachers’ time. The authors of this paper look at previous attempts at educational reform in many countries and ask what lessons Canada can take from these efforts.

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2012-04-24

Improving literacy levels among Aboriginal Canadians (2008)

Lessons in Learning - September 4, 2008

The authors of this document note that while many working-age Canadians have inadequate literacy skills, the situation is even more urgent among Aboriginal Canadians.

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2012-04-17

Promising practices in primary mathematics instruction (2009)

Lessons in Learning – June 10, 2009

Despite Canada’s strong performance on international assessments of mathematical skill among 15-year-olds, many Canadian students have weak math skills and struggle in their math classes. It has been suggested that classroom strategies fostering exploration and discovery, and guiding students to construct their own learning and knowledge, can be effective in ensuring that all students acquire strong mathematical skills.

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2012-04-03

Homework helps, but not always (2009)

Lessons in Learning – May 4, 2009

This paper offers a review of 18 studies, published between 2003 and 2007, about the effectiveness of homework in strengthening learning outcomes. Fourteen of the studies were conducted in the United States and the remaining four in Germany.

The authors found that while the majority of studies favour homework, some of the evidence was contradictory and required more careful examination.

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2012-03-26

A barrier to learning: Mental health disorders among Canadian youth (2009)

Lessons in Learning – April 15, 2009

Poor mental health in Canadian schoolchildren poses a significant risk to their academic development and puts them at greater risk of suicide, substance abuse, and dropping out.

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2012-03-19

Does placement matter? Comparing the academic performance of students with special needs in inclusive and separate settings (2009)

Lessons in Learning – March 18, 2009

There is ongoing debate about whether students with special needs are better served in inclusive classrooms or in separate settings with peers who share similar challenges. The authors of this discussion paper have reviewed 30 studies that compare inclusive and separate learning settings for students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, language impairments, and mixed disabilities.

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2012-03-12

Why boys don't like to read: Gender differences in reading achievement (2009)

Lessons in Learning – February 18, 2009

In Canada, standardized assessments reveal a persistent literacy gap between boys and girls, with girls outperforming boys in reading.

The authors point to many factors that contribute to the gender gap in literacy, including test bias; differences in reading attitudes, behaviours and preferences; and limited availability of reading material that appeals to boys.

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2012-03-05

Post-secondary education in Canada: Who is missing out? (2009)

Lessons in Learning – April 1, 2009

The authors of this document note that Canada’s performance in terms of educational attainment is ahead of most other developed countries. However, post-secondary participation remains low among some demographic groups in Canada, including students from low-income families, students with no history of higher education in their family, and Aboriginal students.

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2012-03-01

The Video Game Debate: Bad for Behaviour, Good for Learning? (2009)

Lessons in Learning – November 18, 2009

The authors weigh the arguments for and against video games as learning tools for children.

They note that unrestricted use of video games can harm students’ academic performance and, depending on the type of game, lead to aggressive behaviour. However, they point to studies showing that video games can teach players problem-solving skills and encourage creativity.

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2012-02-22

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