Behavioural science enables parents to be more involved in their children’s learning experience and increase achievements

Over the past several years, behavioural science has begun to influence sectors from policy innovation to government development. It has dramatically impacted the educational sector in particular, resulting in an increase of behavioural strategies to enhance student learning.

Educational policy makers, researchers, and institutions worldwide successfully implemented certain behavioural strategies to improve how students – from pre-K to higher education.

The foundation of the behavior science strategy is to enable students as well as their families to understand their educational options, prompt students of all ages to achieve certain goals and complete tasks before deadline, and create policies that ensure students must participate in various educational programs and activities.

One such behavioral strategy was implemented in Turkey, where fourth graders were shown a video demonstrating that failure is simply a chance to learn and grow, and that brains are not fixed but capable of development.

Following the intervention, students participated more in challenging tasks and demonstrated higher scores in exams.

Engaging parents to participate in their children’s education

With the advent of smart-phone technology, teachers can now involve parents in their children’s education like never before – especially in younger children, parents choosing to continue educating their children at home makes a marked improvement in performance.

A Stanford University study revealed that children of parents practicing pre-literacy strategies with their children (ages 3-4) prior to formal schooling tended to engage more overall with the learning process and also improve cognitive performance.

Other studies have revealed that children of parents who are informed by text message about their upcoming homework assignments, tests and school activities tended to achieve increased GPA’s.

Although behavioral science is no substitute for qualified teachers and supportive learning environments at school or at home, it is a powerful factor in changing the way learning happens.

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