Study: Teachers can counter negative effects of student mobility

11/17/2008 | ScienceDaily

Children who change schools between second and fifth grade are at higher risk for poor classroom performance, but a supportive teacher can pave the way toward greater peer acceptance and academics, according to a study of 1,040 elementary-school children. "We suggest that teachers can play a critical role in mitigating the negative effects of mobility through their own caring response and by addressing the peer acceptance of newcomers in the classroom," said lead author Diana H. Gruman, a Western Washington University assistant professor of psychology.

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