Sunday, April 22, 2012

Noteworthy research and studies for this week

Well, it looks like Toronto's real estate industry's constant need to reference "good schools" and their relationship to specific areas is in no way unique to certain markets. The Brookings Institution has just released a report which explores the link and relationship between housing prices and zoning practices, and argues that "public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security."

Principals are second only to teachers in their impact on student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education that compiles recent research on principal effectiveness.

A Psychological Science study, The Neurodevelopmental Basis of Math Anxiety, has identified the neural correlates of math anxiety. In other words, while not to dismiss the cultural or social conditioning issues connected to math anxiety, it's not simply a question of nurture.