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Here's why elementary and high school students should learn to program

In Ontario, learning computer programming will be mandatory as early as September 2022 in elementary and secondary schools. This decision will have several advantages, say researchers. But beware, they say, teacher training will be an essential condition for this integration to be successful.

Male role models for developing boys' desire to read

Reading with Son is a family literacy project that promotes the creation of male trios (dad, son, and student teacher) who share reading time at home. The idea was to build on the reading interests of boys with reading difficulties (or who are not motivated to read) to develop their desire to read... And it works!

Ukrainian refugees: the urgent need to educate young people

Many Ukrainian children and teenagers have sought refuge in neighboring countries. An education system needs to be set up quickly so that they can return to some form of normalcy, researchers say. In emergency situations, education is a major factor in the psychological and physical protection of students. However, to establish an emergency education system in the context of armed conflict, several elements must be carefully planned: teacher and child welfare, conflict-sensitive education, and psychosocial support.

Teaching in kindergarten and elementary school: same course, same practice?

New university graduates in preschool and elementary education are called upon to teach children between the ages of 4 and 12, from toddlers to almost teenagers. These age differences necessarily have an effect on the educational practices of teachers. Researchers from the University of Quebec in Rimouski are interested in the subject.

On screens, helping children become informed consumers

Recent work by consumer researchers within the French consortium ALIMNUM provides new information to consider about young online consumers. Researchers are now launching the idea of deploying “a form of digital consumer education”.

Academic motivation: teachers play a more important role than parents

Based on the results of their most recent study, Julien Bureau and Frédéric Guay of Laval University reaffirm the teaching effect to mobilize the motivation of young people and guide them towards success. “The teacher has a privileged learning context,” they write.

Here's how high school students in Quebec experienced a pandemic school year

Professor Sylvie Barma and her colleagues at Laval University surveyed teenagers in Quebec about the pandemic. They found the prevailing climate of uncertainty particularly difficult. “The physical place of learning fluctuated in ways that were unpredictable for them. They didn't like the changes in their routine and a majority said they were bored of school, which had a big impact on their academic motivation. Read for other findings!

The citizenship education course must teach the essentials: democracy and the rule of law

In a context where many observers see a decline in democracy across the world, a citizenship education course is an initiative that must be welcomed. Frédérick Guillaume Dufour, professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Quebec in Montreal, explains why in this text.

To better manage screen time, distinguish between “good” and “bad” practices?

Research shows that we have to look beyond screen time when it comes to regulating digital uses. The type of use is also important: in many cases the negative effects would be caused by the passive use of the screen, while the interactive use can have positive influences, such as better academic results and abilities. increased cognitive skills.

Debate: Why digital must be learned at school

If the constraint of distance education of the last year had the merit of accelerating the appropriation of digital technology by teachers and students, it also highlighted issues that did not date from yesterday.