24 mai 2017

There’s pressure on academics to learn how to teach. But they need more support

The ConversationSociety’s expectations of higher education are changing. People want more students than before to successfully complete their degrees, no matter how prepared they were for academia when they started studying. More...

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Sex education programmes in Kenyan schools are failing students

The ConversationImagine giving Kenyan students something that has been proven to help them make healthy informed choices about their sexual and reproductive lives. More...

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Africa’s research universities can help to drive an urban agenda

The ConversationAfrica is becoming rapidly more urban. This has created a number of connected economic, social, political, infrastructural and environmental challenges.
But African governments have not, historically, paid significant attention to urbanisation and the problems experienced in their cities. This means they’re ill prepared to deal with their countries’ increasingly urban futures. More...

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When it comes to school science, language can determine success

The ConversationLanguage is a factor that makes the South African context unique and has a noteworthy role in pupils’ science achievements. The language of teaching and learning is often different from the language spoken in a pupil’s home. More...

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African history is a discipline on the rise – and one that raises many questions

The ConversationAfrican history has gone through many incarnations as an academic discipline.
Most recently, there’s been a global turn in African historiography. This shift has been prompted by a greater awareness of the powerful forces of globalisation and the need to provide an African historical perspective on this phenomenon. This has helped to place the continent at the centre of global – and human – history. More...

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South Africa’s public-private school plans require healthy scepticism

The ConversationPublic school systems across Africa are struggling. Some people believe that public-private partnerships are the solution to fixing ailing government education systems. More...

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Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

The ConversationGames involve rules, points, systems, as well as a theme or storyline and can be massively fun and engaging. And there is an increasing body of research that shows “gamification” – where other activities are designed to be like a game – can be successful in encouraging positive changes in behaviour. More...

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Gay university students feel invisible. It’s time to shine a light on their issues

The ConversationThe Eastern Cape is South Africa’s most conservative province when it comes to attitudes about homosexuality. Even in spaces that might be considered more liberal – like university campuses – gender non-conforming students and those who belong to sexual minorities face open discrimination. More...

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Academics can’t change the world when they’re distrusted and discredited

The ConversationThere have been persistent calls for academics and scientists to venture forth from academia’s ivory towers to engage with a wider audience on the critical issues facing society. It’s a reasonable argument. Academics stepping out of their traditional roles to disseminate scientific knowledge can offer great value to public policy debates. More...

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African universities must take a critical view of knowledge and how it’s made

The ConversationMost universities boast “centres” or “institutes” designed to announce their strengths in a certain field. But there’s more to it than that: when a university establishes a new centre, it is making a statement of intent. It’s saying that it perceives a need for more work in that area, and that it intends to drive that work. More...

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