All press releases (technology and innovation)

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Now where was I again?

Computer screen pop-ups may slow down your work more than you think, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Today's children decide their school and career path early

Children as young as 12 have a strong sense of their personal futures and can reflect thoughtfully on what life might hold for them, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by Professor Paul Croll of Reading University and Professor Gaynor Attwood of the University of the West of England.

Classroom behaviour: why it's hard to be good

Being seen as either well behaved or naughty at school is never entirely in the hands of the individual child, this study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council shows.

Coordination needed to support green fingered youths

Young people working on conservation projects are often coerced into "grunt" activities like digging holes or picking up litter and gain little from environmental volunteering, according to research at the University of Exeter.

Reshaping the UK through innovation

High-growth and innovation are essential if the UK wants to successfully surface from the recession. Research has an important role to play in successfully introducing new improved services, products, processes and business models to support the business sector.

Words matter in public health

Giving people a sense of being in control is an important element in health messages, according to researchers at Nottingham and De Montfort universities.

The most effective teachers are in a class of their own

Knowledgeable, innovative, skilful, fun-loving, caring, supportive, task and pupil centred - it's official - the most effective teachers are in a class of their own. They stimulate a pupil's imagination, challenge their views, encourage them to do great things and motivate them through tailored teaching practices to ensure that every pupil feels a sense of achievement and valued as part of the class community.

Anxiety's hidden cost

The effect of anxiety on academic performance is not always obvious but new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council suggests that there may be hidden costs.

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