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All posts by Susan du Plessis

08

Oct'19

Fact of Fiction? Letter Reversals or Mirror Writing Are the Main Sign of Dyslexia

When learning to read, children may mistake certain letters for other similar ones, especially those that can be reversed or appear the same when seen in a mirror. The child may read “dog” as “bog” or look at the written word “was” and read it as “saw”.

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06

Oct'19

Fact of Fiction? Dyslexia Is Caused by a Phonological Deficit

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, dyslexia research has been dominated by a search for the Holy Grail: the single cognitive deficit that is necessary and sufficient to cause all behavioural characteristics of dyslexia. Until the 1950s, the belief was that dyslexia is attributable to visual processing problems.

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06

Oct'19

Fact or Fiction? Dyslexia Is a Myth

Extreme viewpoints exist about dyslexia, which makes it difficult for parents to know how to best help their child. On the one side there is the group who believe dyslexia is a condition that cannot be cured but endured. On the other extreme there are those who say diagnoses of dyslexia are a complete waste of time — and even that dyslexia is a myth.

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29

Aug'19

Rich Home Learning Environment in Early Years Boosts Maths Scores at Age 12

The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child's early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, according to a new study published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

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29

Aug'19

Study: Reading or Listening, the Same Parts of the Brain Are Likely to Be Stimulated

Too busy or lazy to read Melville's Moby Dick or Tolstoy's Anna Karenina? That's OK. Whether you read the classics, or listen to them instead, the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are likely to be stimulated. And now, there's a map to prove it.

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29

Aug'19

Research: What’s the Best Way to Teach Children a Second Language?

People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. But is it really true that children soak up language like sponges?

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20

Aug'19

Three Cognitive Skills that Matter for Academic Achievement

This paper was presented virtually at the EduLearn19 International Conference on New Learning Technologies in Palma, Spain. The study confirms the importance of strong cognitive skills for academic achievement; the cognitive skill with the strongest correlation was auditory short-term memory.

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28

Jul'19

Video: Só Word Disleksie Oorkom

Maddie sal nooit kan lees nie, het professioneles voorspel. Mense wat haar geëvalueer het, het gesê hulle het nog nooit tevore disleksie so ernstig soos met haar gesien nie, en dat haar ouers moet probeer om dinge te vind wat Maddie buite akademie mee suksesvol kan wees, omdat sy nooit in 'n akademiese omgewing sal aard nie.

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21

Jun'19

Studiewenke: Haal die Angel Uit Eksamenskryf met Hierdie Nege Studiewenke

Daar is min woorde wat leerders en hul ouers se bloed so vinnig in yswater laat verander soos die woord ‘eksamen’. Goeie studiegewoontes kan egter die eksamenvrees in eksamenvreugde verander. Hier is nege studiewenke, verskaf deur Hannelie Brönner van die Edublox-tak in Durbanville, wat sal help om die angel uit eksamenskryf uit te haal.

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17

Jun'19

4 Common Brain Myths Set Straight

If you assumed that any of the above neuromyths were true, you are not alone. According to research done by Macdonald et al. the general public believe 68 percent of common neuromyths, educators endorse 56 percent, and even respondents with neuroscience training believe 46 percent.

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