Sociology research on "summer setback" in demand as school year approaches

Friday, August 26, 2016

12 media interviews in one day and counting. Professor Janice Aurini is busy juggling media requests this week (and last) as back-to-school approaches. Parents, educators and journalists want to know what her research tells us about the school break phenomenon summer setback. Here is one story:

Although there have been a lot of American studies on summer setback, there hasn't been much Canadian research done on the subject–until now.

A researcher from the University of Waterloo has conducted the first, large scale study on summer setback in Canada.

Summer setback refers to the loss of literacy and numeracy skills that can occur when children take a break from school, throughout the summer months.

Janice Aurini, Associate professor at the University of Waterloo, said many American studies have shown that although kids learn at fairly equal rates during the school year, it's not the same in the summertime.

Read the full story on CBC News.

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