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ERIC Number: EJ850700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Stemming Summer Learning Loss
Donohue, Nicholas C.; Miller, Beth M.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n1 p19-20 Sum 2008
What does it really take to shape a generation of well-rounded young people who will support their families, strengthen their communities, and uphold the values of a civil society? New insights about when and where learning takes place reveal the connection between a child's summer experiences and his or her success in school and beyond. In so doing, the research underscores the tremendous untapped potential of the summer months to improve academic achievement and to level the playing field for all children. Children from families with financial resources receive the additional learning provided by camp, travel, lessons, and other activities during the summer months. Far too many New England children lack the resources to access these opportunities, however, and as a result suffer from what is referred to as "summer learning loss." If individuals wish future generations to be economically and civically engaged, they need to take different approaches to how they educate, and they need to do so now. Establishing a more flexible idea of learning that includes a focus on summer is logical and crucial. With the strength of New England's higher education community behind the plan, summers of educational enrichment are entirely possible. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland