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Children's literacy levels fall as social media hits reading

Children's literacy levels fall as social media hits reading | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Figures from the millennium cohort study, which tracked children born in 2000 at ages nine months, three, five, seven, 11 and 14, found that by their teenage years children were far more likely to spend time on social media or video games after school than doing homework or reading books."

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The Centre for Longitudinal Studies manages the 1958, 1970, millennium and Next Steps cohort studies. It is an ESRC Resource Centre based at the UCL Institute of Education.

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Transforming what we know about how babies learn

Transforming what we know about how babies learn | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Baby Talk feature starts at 23:30 minutes into the programme and concludes at 26:15

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News piece features ESRC Transformative Grant holder, Dr Victoria Leong, talking about her research regarding babies understanding and learning from parents.

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Why are more women choosing to have September babies?

Why are more women choosing to have September babies? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More and more women are planning their baby's arrival in September in the hope they are brighter than average. But does the research available back up this thought process.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Lancaster University staff new international centre established to address child language learning and delay

Lancaster University staff new international centre established to address child language learning and delay | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Experts from Lancaster University and the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool have secured one of the largest grants ever awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – to carry out research which will transform understanding of how children learn to communicate. 

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The £9 million cash injection over five years will see a new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) set up in the North West working with experts in the USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

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Baby talk help infants learn English more than other words - The Scotsman

Baby talk help infants learn English more than other words - The Scotsman | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The more ‘baby talk’ words infants hear such as ‘choo-choo’ and ‘bunny’, the quicker they grasp language, ESRC-funded researchers at the University of Edinburgh have said.

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Lead researcher Mitsuhiko Ota said: "Our findings suggest that diminutives and reduplication, which are frequently found in baby talk words – across many different languages – can facilitate the early stage of vocabulary development."

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Juan Diego Ruiz's curator insight, January 15, 11:55 AM
It has been said that Baby Talk can damage the language of babies; nevertheless, recent researchs have found that actually Baby Talk helps enfants and toddlers develop quickly language when they are exposed to certain onomatopoetic words. This strategy should be applied and measured proportionally. The idea is to make them the recognition process easier than listening just normal and plain words.
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Report identifies ways to boost children's quality of life through outdoor learning

Report identifies ways to boost children's quality of life through outdoor learning | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Outdoor learning can have a significant and positive impact on children’s quality of life but needs to be introduced more formally into global school curricula in order for its potential benefits to be fully realised, a new report suggests.

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Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling has been produced by Plymouth University and Western Sydney University, following a conference organised in collaboration with the University of East London and Natural England, and with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Study shows 'less is more' for kids learning new words

Study shows 'less is more' for kids learning new words | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Toddlers are much more successful at learning new words when the learning environment stays the same, according to new University of Sussex research.

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The article cites ESRC-funded research by Dr Jessica Horst and Dr Emma Axelsson from the University of Sussex.

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