Monday, March 12, 2012

Tools of the Mind: few to no benefits


from Inside School Research - Education Week by Sarah D. Sparks

Tools of the Mind Shows Lackluster Results in Experimental Trials

Tools of the Mind, an early- childhood education curriculum, has drawn a lot of attention in recent years for its potential to increase young students' ability to self-regulate. Yet new research suggests the play-based program may be no better than traditional early education at improving self-control or later school readiness.

...Tools is certainly an intriguing concept: Children role play in different scenarios based on their own written "play plans," to increase their patience, focus and self-control.

Ultimately, the experimental studies found few to no benefits for the program...


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