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50 Year study: Behaviour influences income more than IQ    

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Peter Barnes

New research shows behaviour in high school is a stronger predictor than IQ or socio-economic background of better jobs and higher income.  

The research has been published by the American Psychological Association based on data collected from 346,660 U.S. high school students in 1960 and follow up research 11 and 50 years later.

The 1960 high school phase measured a variety of student behaviours and attitudes as well as personality traits, cognitive abilities, parental socioeconomic status and demographic factors.

The follow-up surveys measured overall educational attainment, income and occupational prestige.

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Topics: School, Learning, Behaviour, Careers, Social & Emotional Learning

560 Sydney Primary Students Sign Pledge Against Bullying

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 25, 2018 at 10:37 AM

Peter Barnes

All 560 students at my granddaughter’s primary school in Sydney signed a massive banner with the pledge: “Standing Together Against Bullying”.

The banner is prominently displayed at the school’s entrance.  The mass signing is part of her school’s participation in the National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence.

Similar activities took place in many schools around Australia on March 16, 2018.

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Topics: Behaviour, Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

How Do We Reduce Bullying in Our Schools?  NSW Government’s 4 Criteria

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Peter Barnes

A tiny minority in our community think kids who are bullied should just ‘suck it up” because it “builds character”. 

That’s nonsense.  It’s mid 20th century thinking. And even then it was a minority belief.

We now know that bullying can have devastating impacts. Students involved in bullying can develop behavioural and emotional problems and have trouble learning, according to many academic studies.

Parents and teachers know this, of course. They don’t need studies to tell them what they see happening to their children and students.

How can schools take a stand against bullying? 

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Topics: Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

Social Skills Training Can Help Lonely Children

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 1, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Peter Barnes

“All the lonely people, where do they all come from?  All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”

 “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles (1966)

The stereotypical lonely old lady or man is what many people think of when confronted with the fact that there are lonely people all around them.

It's easy to understand why some old people may be lonely. They’re living alone. Their children may live far away, or they may not have children. These lonely men and women might have illnesses or physical disabilities that prevent them from easily leaving their homes to make or maintain friendships.

We don’t often think of children being lonely. But many are.

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Topics: Social Skills, Behaviour, Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

Students with Better Social Skills Achieve Higher Test Scores

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 31, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Peter Barnes

Children who are co-operative, socially responsible and helpful in kindergarten achieve higher scores on reading, writing and numeracy tests in primary school, compared with children with less pro-social behaviour.

This is the finding from a 5-year study of more than 52,000 kindergarten students from nearly 2800 schools.  The study was led by Dr Rebecca Collie at the University of New South Wales School of Education. 

Test scores from the children’s NAPLAN (Australia’s National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) in 2012 and 2014 were compared for four different social and emotional behavioural profiles observed when they were in kindergarten:

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Topics: Writing, Social Skills, Literacy, Maths, Social & Emotional Learning, NAPLAN & PISA

Social & Emotional Skills: Not Hippie Nonsense, It’s Science

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Peter Barnes

Being smart, learning well and getting good marks isn’t a guarantee of success after school or university. There is more to it than that, according to newly published research.  

Teaching kids to get in touch with their feelings is really important for their success in education and later in life.

And that’s not just a new age, hippie belief. It’s backed by science.

A study of 800 kindergarten children looked at their social skills and how they turned out 19 years later as young adults.

The study - Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness- was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Topics: Social & Emotional Learning

Bullying Can be Even Worse for Children with Disabilities

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Peter Barnes

Many adults have experienced how stress affects our ability to concentrate, work or learn. Whatever the stress is, if it is bothering us enough, we find it hard to focus.

Imagine what it’s like when children are being bullied.  This can be a major stress for them and can go on day after day, week after week.  It’s chronic stress. 

If it’s hard for an adult to work under stress, it’s not surprising that a student who is being bullied will find attending to schoolwork tough.

Now a recent study has shown how the effects of the stress from bullying are even greater for students with disabilities. This is because they often lack a repertoire of emotionally appropriate responses to bullying and may instead respond with physical or verbal aggression.

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Topics: Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

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