Researchers at UW recently studied students at six elementary schools in Seattle to learn how they communicate with and about each other. Turns out they talk a lot about who may or may not be carriers of cooties. In other words, they gossip a lot. Other revelations include: kids love cartoons, hate broccoli and will not stop picking their noses.
UW Study Finds Kids Love to Gossip; Also: Fire = Hot, Water = Wet
UW study: Kids gossip more than you'd think
A group of psychologists at the University of Washington studied the way kids interact and came to this conclusion: Kids are big-time gossips.
Anti-Bullying Program Reduces Malicious Playground Gossip
Think back to when you were a kid and what grown–ups said when kids talked about you in a mean way. Chances are they said ignore it. Now research confirms what you may have suspected — that doesn't work. But a new study on Seattle–area schools shows adults can teach kids how to reduce malicious gossip on the playground. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports.
Anti-bullying program cuts nasty gossip on the playground
A study by University of Washington researchers shows that a widely-used anti-bullying program appears to reduce gossip among elementary school children. Writing in the journal School Psychology Review, researchers report that Seattle students who took part in the three-month Steps to Respect program showed a 72% drop in malicious gossip.
Louise Clauss Receives UW ProStaff Award
Congratulations to Louise Clauss, grants manager at the College of Education, for receiving a UW ProStaff Award from the UW Professional Staff Organization (PSO). Louise was recognized for sustained superior service in grants management.
UW Care Clinic clears path for disabled
Psychologists with the University of Washington CARE Clinic diagnose and treat a range of neurodevelopmental disabilities, from autism and Asperger's syndrome to learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The clinic, which served 420 families from across the state last year, has a clientele ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 79.
Education on the Elwha
UW uses upcoming dam removal to study teaching techniques. The National Science Foundation awarded O’Mahony and UW Professor John Bransford a one-year RAPID (Rapid Response Research) grant. The pair is using the $200,000 to study teaching methods regarding the Elwha River and the upcoming removal of its two dams. Half of the more than 300 participating middle-school students from nearby Port Angeles are doing traditional science projects with PowerPoint presentations. The other half will create five-minute videos that tell the story of the watershed’s past, present and future, including the swamping of local tribal land, the blocking of more than 70 miles of superb habitat from five salmon species, and the biggest dam-removal project in U.S. history.
Visit Seattle history with story of Sam Kelly — educator, advocate
Follow Sam Kelly through his life and you'll learn about American history and about Seattle's past. Jerry Large, Seattle Times staff columnist, reviews the new autobigraphy on Kelly, a College alum.
Trustees name Jean Hernandez president of Edmonds CC
The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees has named Jean Hernandez president of Edmonds Community College. A College of Education alum, Hernandez will begin work January 1, 2011.
Teach for America’s Most Influential Alumni
Ahead of Teach for America's 20th-anniversary alumni summit in February, a look at the influentials who have emerged from the ranks of TFA vets. Dean Tom Stritikus is profiled.