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Author: Jennifer Johnston

Early results show substantial improvements in reading skills

Aug. 3, 2010—Vanderbilt and Metro Nashville Public Schools have collaborated on an Early Reading First project among preschool children in Nashville schools that has yielded “spectacular” results in a preliminary study, according to project leaders. “The big picture is that high quality language and literacy instruction in pre-K can make a big difference,” said Deborah Rowe, a...

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Media Advisory: Lift Off Camp at Y smoothes transition to kindergarten

Aug. 3, 2010—Swimming lessons. Imaginary trips into outer space. Cooking lessons. Camping out under paper stars. What do these activities have to do with getting ready for kindergarten? Woven into each of these activities are critical learning and literacy lessons that boost each child’s abilities in the classroom, according to Carin Neitzel, family investigator for the Enhanced...

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Why can’t some people put the brakes on impulsive behavior?

Jul. 29, 2010—A group of Vanderbilt researchers analyzed the role of the brain chemical dopamine in impulsivity to discover more precisely what makes some people more susceptible to rash behavior.

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Revising the rules of perception

Jul. 29, 2010—The adult brain has more plasticity than previously thought The human brain never stops adapting to its environment in a constant quest to formulate what the mind perceives based on what the eyes see, according to findings from a research team that includes two Vanderbilt neuroscientists. The article, “Experience-driven plasticity in binocular vision,” is slated...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Peabody and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools launch new master’s degree program

Jul. 19, 2010—The new Master’s in Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools program, a partnership between Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, launches Monday, July 26.

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National center on scaling up effective schools centered at Vanderbilt

Jun. 29, 2010—Identifying and developing a process for transferring key elements that make some high schools in large urban districts more effective at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students, as well as English language learners, is the focus of a new national center at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded...

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No significant difference in math achievement gains between charter schools, traditional public schools

Jun. 24, 2010—New research based on preliminary data in a pilot study has found no significant difference in achievement gains on standardized math tests between students in charter schools and those in traditional public schools. The findings have spurred the collection of additional data for continued analysis. Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of...

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Peabody professor part of $10 million mathematics research center

Jun. 24, 2010—Improving math instruction for elementary and middle school children experiencing problems with fractions is the focus of a $10 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Education.  Among the collaborators in the new Center on Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students with Mathematics Difficulties, to be administered...

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Peabody educator is 10th most cited in literature of higher education studies

Jun. 23, 2010—John M. Braxton, professor of education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College for education and human development, is the 10th most cited individual in higher education research, according to a recent study published in Research in Higher Education. Only a small number of academic papers are cited even once in ensuing publications, according to the study’s...

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Emmy-nominated Web series aims to halt childhood obesity

Jun. 10, 2010—Fizzy's Lunch Lab--an interactive Web series with cartoon characters acting out funny stories to emphasize the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet and physical activity--has been nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award. And there's a Vanderbilt connection.

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Surveillance methods can heighten fears and divisions

Jun. 8, 2010—Terrorist threats such as the failed bombing attempt in Times Square inevitably lead to calls for increased surveillance. Yet, instead of preventing threats, heightened security measures can widen divisions among people and lead to hidden social sorting, according to a new book by a Peabody College professor.

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