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  • Study Finds Drop in Mothers Physically Disciplining Children
    Young child sitting in corner as punishmentMothers in the U.S. are less likely to report spanking their children today than they were several decades ago, while nonphysical discipline methods like time-outs have become more prevalent, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Steinhardt, Georgetown University, and the University of Chicago. The study is published in the December issue of the [...] (Read Story)
  • Charter Schools Enroll More Girls, with Boys More Likely to Leave
    15-014_Steinhardt_400Charter schools – particularly middle and high schools – enroll a larger share of girls than do traditional public schools, in part because boys are more likely to exit charter schools, finds a new study by New York University researchers. The study, published in the journal Educational Policy, is the first to examine gender differences [...] (Read Story)
  • Teacher Communication with Parents Consistent with Racial Stereotypes
    FTeachers communicate with parents not just based on a student’s academic performance and behaviors, but also based on parents’ racial and immigrant backgrounds, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “The patterns of communication we saw are consistent with stereotypes that teachers may subscribe to different racial and ethnic [...] (Read Story)
  • The Kids Are Alright: Youth Are Civically Engaged, Despite Income Inequality
    Volunteers picking up trashIncome inequality is linked with greater civic engagement among youth, particularly among youth of color and those of lower socioeconomic status, finds a study by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the November issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, contradict what research has shown among adults, [...] (Read Story)
  • Researchers Develop a Method to Shorten Patient Reported Outcome Assessment
    Woman's hands writing on sheet in clipboard with a penAn international group of researchers have developed a novel approach to improving how patient reported outcomes – which assess health based on the patient’s perspective – are measured, without having them answer a dozen unnecessary questions. The study, published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, created an abbreviated form of the Cochin Hand Function [...] (Read Story)
  • Books from Our Faculty: Between Church and State by James Fraser
    1210271371(2)How is the ongoing controversy about the place—or lack of place—of religion in public schools playing out today in the United States? Prayer spaces, creationism in the classroom, and how public funding is used in private religious schools are a few of the subjects at the center of today’s debates. In Between Church and State: [...] (Read Story)
  • Gender Gaps in Math Persist, With Teachers Underrating Girls’ Math Skills
    PBeginning in early elementary school, boys outperform girls in math – especially among the highest achievers – continuing a troubling pattern found in the late 1990s, finds a new analysis led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study, published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research [...] (Read Story)
  • Students of All Races Prefer Teachers of Color, Finds Steinhardt Study
    TMiddle and high school students, regardless of their race and ethnicity, have more favorable perceptions of their Black and Latino teachers than of their White teachers, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. “Minority teachers may be perceived more favorably by minority students because they can serve as role models and are particularly sensitive to the [...] (Read Story)
  • Study by Kathleen Ziol-Guest Finds Shifting Gaps in Educational Attainment Among Students of Different Incomes
    graduatesA new NYU Steinhardt study published in the journal AERA Open looks at income-based gaps in educational attainment. While the difference in high school graduation rates between high- and low-income students shrunk, inequality may have shifted to higher education, with gaps growing in college attendance and completion. The last 35 years have been marked by [...] (Read Story)
  • Is Smaller Better When it Comes to School Learning Environments?
    teachingSmall high schools don’t necessarily provide better learning environments than large schools, finds a new study from the Institute for Education and Social Policy published online in Economics of Education Review. “Our results challenge the conventional wisdom that the higher academic performance of students in small schools is driven by a better learning environment,” said [...] (Read Story)