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Educational Psychology

Pitfalls of over-rewarding children's achievements

Many parents give their children a small treat, or a gift, when they do well in school as encouragement. Some resort to giving cash or a coveted gadget as an incentive to work harder. 

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:08pm

How to tell if my child is gifted

You do not have to be a budding Einstein to be considered gifted. "Giftedness" is a term that has been around for centuries and, like many features of education that refer to a minority, is shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:26pm

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, says study

An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a 20-year research study has shown.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Children use roleplay to learn about different jobs

It's a popular subject for school essays: My Dream Job. More often than not, youngsters' compositions are based on what they might glean from books or television and movies.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Career coaching can yield champions

A survey by recruitment firm Robert Half of more than 500 employees in Hong Kong about their thoughts on career coaching has revealed that 88 per cent indicated that career coaching helped improve their job performance.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Assessors suspected of being liberal with their marks

As students examined their exam results yesterday, many who scored low marks noticed an odd pattern - their marks for liberal studies were unexpectedly high, even when they failed to answer all the questions.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The right way to look at it

Last month, I was invited to give a talk on 'How to facilitate the academic development of children with dyslexia' to parents and teachers of dyslexic children.

As I prepared, I discussed with my husband how we had tried to help our son with the challenges of dyslexia. Since he started primary education, my husband and I have shared supervising his homework and revision.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies failing to meet goals set for it

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, a University of Hong Kong study has found, despite this method being discouraged in a subject that was a key component of education reforms.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Creating a digitally challenging space for kids

Jennifer Fenton (below), Grade 6 leader at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CISHK), aims to create a classroom environment which supports and challenges pupils. Central to this is giving them the skills and awareness to make the best use of technology. She talks to John Cremer

In this area, what is your basic approach?

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exceptional problems

When Anne Damrall's elder son was two years old, he was returning from a trip to the beach with his father when he said: 'You know, Daddy, I think the world is made up of numbers and letters.'

'That's what he told my husband,' said mother-of-two Damrall. 'We were a bit dumbfounded. But we didn't think much more about it, he was our first child.'

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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