29 décembre 2016

Indian students at British universities is a tradition we should cherish and protect

The ConversationBy . With recent reports that the Home Office is considering cutting international student visas by nearly half, it’s clear that the government is keen to stick to its promise to crack down on numbers of international students. More...

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Here’s why young children often prefer wrapping paper and boxes to actual presents

The ConversationBy . We watch with confusion as our young children show us the real pleasures of Christmas – not their new shiny toy, but all that is destined for the recycling bin. And as they roll around on the floor in the wrapping paper and jump in and out of the boxes, we question our own sanity in spending ridiculous sums of money on a child who would have clearly preferred a cardboard box for Christmas. More...

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Behind Singapore’s PISA rankings success – and why other countries may not want to join the race

The ConversationBy . Singapore has topped the global Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings in maths, science and reading, while countries including Australia, France and the UK sit in the bottom batch of OECD countries for achievement in these areas. More...

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Summer reading list: ten best children’s books of 2016

The ConversationBy . It’s not always easy to keep kids reading over the summer holidays. But research shows that those who stop reading over these long breaks from school are actually at risk of seeing their reading ability drop during this period. This is called the “summer slide”. More...

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Decolonising the curriculum: the only way through the process is together

The ConversationBy . So when South African students talk about feeling alienated because the examples in their curricula are all from overseas or feature dead white men, I know exactly how they feel – and why it is important to change this. More...

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To survive, South Africa’s universities must learn to engage with chaos

The ConversationBy . The recent 2016 meeting of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Convocation – the annual gathering of its alumni – has been described as having descended “into chaos”. More...

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20% maths decree sets a dangerous precedent for schooling in South Africa

The ConversationBy . The department of basic education in South Africa has reacted to pupils’ exceedingly low attainment rates in maths education in a controversial fashion. It has issued an urgent circular to its heads of departments, principals, managers, directors and exam and curriculum heads outlining a “special condonation dispensation”. More...

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Single-sex schools: Could they harm your child?

The ConversationBy . Gender-segregated education is making a comeback. Single-sex classrooms, long discouraged under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education, have been gaining prominence in recent years, especially in urban charter schools. More...

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Why children believe (or not) that Santa Claus exists

The ConversationBy . Given the many absurdities and contradictions in this story, it’s surprising that even young children would believe it. Yet research from my lab shows that 83 percent of five-year-olds think that Santa Claus is real. More...

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Tell a different story about Santa this holiday season

The ConversationBy . It is that time of year again: People are dusting off their holiday decorations in order to make their homes and public spaces festive. It is also the time when certain stories and songs are being repeated. More...

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