Researchers in Austria have demonstrated that summer breaks result in “significant falls” in pupils abilities in spelling and maths.
The study, by Graz University of 182 children aged 10-12, revealed that after Austria’s nine weeks of summer holidays it took children up to nine weeks to recover.
The study surprisingly revealed that there was actually an improvement in reading activities. Psychologist Manuela Paechter, one of the authors surmised, “How much time (children) spend doing cognitive activities during the vacation is therefore highly decisive,” adding, “All in all the study illustrates what an enormous role school plays in this.”
The study is published in the German-language scientific journal Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht (Psychology in Upbringing and Education).
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