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Scientific insights into child development and education can lead to important improvements in the classroom and in the home —key places where children learn. But translating findings into policies, teaching approaches, and family interactions can be challenging.

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Research into the genetic differences in how children learn indicates a complex picture, according to a five-minute animated video scripted in collaboration with Kathryn Paige Harden, associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas. Genetic research may incite fears of racism and eugenics. Yet with conscientious application, knowledge about how genes affect educational attainment can help identify the children most likely to struggle. Early intervention can then give every child the best possible support. Watch the video here

Articles in the mainstream press about the importance of talking to young children may spur anxious parents to talk incessantly. Meredith Rowe, professor of early learning and development at Harvard, urges researchers to discuss their related work in ways that make their findings easy and fun to implement. For instance, she emphasizes the quality of conversation with children is more important than the quantity, and children are more engaged and learn more when the talk is about something that interests them. Read more here.


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