A recent study published in School Psychology Review investigated the effects of the programme INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament on the critical thinking, maths, and reading skills of 5- to 7-year-old children compared to a control group of children assigned to a supplemental after-school reading programme. The goal of the INSIGHTS programme is to train teachers and parents to recognise children’s personality types and adjust the learning environment as needed.
While all children in the INSIGHTS programme demonstrated gains, the greatest gains were made in groups of children classified as shy. The study followed 350 kindergarten (Year 1) pupils in 22 urban low-income schools in the US during kindergarten and into first grade (Year 2). Children whose teachers and parents were involved in the INSIGHTS group demonstrated greater gains in critical thinking than control children, and did not lose maths skills during the summertime as the control children did. Reading skills were comparable for both groups.
Shy children can be overlooked in the classroom and INSIGHTS provides strategies to help children who are shy to reach their potential. You can read more about the INSIGHTS programme in the next issue of Better: Evidence-based Education, which will be published soon.
Source: Enhancing Academic Development of Shy Children: A Test of the Efficacy of INSIGHTS, School Psychology Review, 43(3).