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JYU awarded developers of education

Rector Keijo Hämäläinen granted the 2018 Educational Development Awards on 26 October 2018. On the basis of proposals received from the University community, the awards were granted to teacher-researcher teams whose work is characterized by collaborative and systematic development efforts as well as excellent student feedback.

Service organizations need to design a 24/7 strategy to address the challenges of work at nonstandard hours

Starting in 2018, a new law on shop and service opening hours went into effect in Finland, leading longer hours of service and around-the-clock work. How have managers in 24/7 workplaces reacted to this situation? A Finnish research group from Jyväskylä surveyed managers in 24/7 workplaces about the specific challenges and solutions related to planning work shifts. These managers came from in two sectors: the hospitality and retail industry and flexibly scheduled early childhood education and care (ECEC). According to earlier research, successful companies working 24/7 aim to balance between the interests of different stakeholders.

Heartbeat paces learning

The electrophysiological activity of the brain is dominated by rhythmically coupled oscillations with different frequencies. The synchrony between oscillations enables effective communication locally and between brain regions. Many physiological functions, such as breathing and heartbeat, are also rhythmically coupled in nature. Furthermore, the rhythms of the brain and body are coupled. For instance, the neural activities of the hippocampus and the breathing pattern have been shown to oscillate in synchrony. The hippocampus is a crucial brain structure for learning, meaning that the rhythmical coupling of the brain and the body might affect the learning process. The Behavioral Neuroscience Group from the Department of Psychology in the University of Jyväskylä studied the effects of the cardiac cycle in a simple learning task.

Language skills at age 2 onwards can predict PISA performance

A study carried out at the University of Jyväskylä has found that performance in the reading comprehension task of the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), taken at age 15, can be reliably predicted well before the beginning of school.

Preschool quality enhances first-graders’ reading acquisition

Preschool is meant to prepare children for a smooth transition to the first grade and enhance children’s learning in the first grade. However, a fresh study from the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä Finland indicates that not only the fact of attending preschool but also the quality of preschool matters for children’s reading acquisition in the first grade.