Education Digest

This will be the site for the OPUSeJ Education Digest. It will be organized as all Digest sites as follows:





A qualitative case study involving five academic Radiology centres across Canada, in which the hidden curriculum of isolation or of collaboration and support are identified. A new, generative metaphor reasserts the role and function of scholarship in teaching and learning. Van Deven T, Hibbert K, Faden L, Chhem RK, 2013, “The hidden curriculum in radiology residency programs: A path to isolation or integration?”, Eur J Radiol. Epub ahead of print 2013 Jan 7. pii: S0720-048X(12)00602-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2012.12.001.

Analysis indicates that the Teen Leadership Breakthrough (TLB) program creates sustainable changes in emotional intelligence and self-concept. Hindes, Y L, et al, 2008, “Promoting Intrapersonal Qualities in Adolescents; Evaluation of Rapport’s Teen Leadership Breakthrough Program” , Canadian Journal of School Psychology23 :2, 206-222. doi: 10.1177/0829573508327307.

Why Mental Arithmetic Counts: Brain Activation during Single Digit Arithmetic Predicts High School Math Scores Price, GR , Mazzocco, MMM & Ansari, D


Spending on children from the early 1970s to the late 2000s has increased substantially in large part because parents’ spending on education increased substantially, particularly among those near the top of the income distribution and the college-educated thereby promoting the income gap. Kornrich, S & Furstenberg, F, 2013, “Investing in Children: Changes in Parental Spending on Children, 1972–2007”, Demography 50:1, 1-23.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) used to correlated brain responses to single digit calculation with standard scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) math subtest in high-school seniors, highlights the fundamental role that mental arithmetic fluency plays in the acquisition of higher level mathematical competence. Price, GR et al, 2013, “Why Mental Arithmetic Counts: Brain Activation during Single Digit Arithmetic Predicts High School Math Scores”, The Journal for Neuroscience33:1, 156-163. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2936-12.2013.

Classroom behavior may lead teachers to assign girls higher grades than their male counterparts. Cornell, C et al, 2013, “New UGA research helps explain why girls do better in school”, Journal of Human Resources,

A proposed novel method for the prediction of a person’s success in an academic course, based on data from the course’s website and social networks analysis, showed a high correlation between the grade of a student and that of his “best” friend. Fire, M et al, 2012, “Predicting Student Exam’s Scores by Analyzing Social Network Data”,,

Study highlights the importance of motivation and learning strategies in facilitating adolescents’ development of mathematical competencies. Murayama, K et al, 2012, “Predicting Long-Term Growth in Students’ Mathematics Achievement: The Unique Contributions of Motivation and Cognitive Strategies”, Child Development, (Preview online Dec 2012) doi: 10.1111/cdev.12036.


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