22 avril 2019

Academics and activism: Stephen Hawking and the Israel boycott

The ConversationThe news that famous physicist Stephen Hawking has decided to join the academic boycott of Israel has attracted some heated commentary. More...

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More money for the classroom - or for bureaucrats?

The ConversationWith most states still yet to sign on to the package, the budget papers reveal where the funding will be coming from, namely through reforms to the family payment system, closing tax loopholes and cuts to the higher education sector. More...

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Academia needs a porn journal: here’s why

The ConversationThe launch of a new academic journal doesn’t usually grab popular media interest. But the first journal of Porn Studies seems to have bucked the trend. More...

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Genes linked to educational attainment

The ConversationA team of researchers from the University of Newcastle were part of an international collaboration which compared a person’s genetic sequence to their educational attainment, such as school years and completion of higher education. More...

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Giving it away for free: sharing really is caring in the open education movement

The ConversationThe New York Times dubbed 2012 the year of the MOOC. And for many, the seemingly unstoppable rise of Massive Open Online Courses – courses which are offered for free by prestigious universities – is where the discussion about open education begins and ends. More...

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Can aptitude tests pick the ‘right’ students for university?

The ConversationThe test is meant to help universities select students who might have the ability to undertake tertiary education but who got bad scores at the end of high school. More...

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Boosting the status of science teaching: what can we do?

The ConversationWe’re all familiar with the old saying:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Given how well this sentence sums up the power of teaching, it is not surprising that teachers have been revered for generations. At the moment we need teachers more than ever - particularly good science teachers. Not only has fishing become more complicated, but so has everything else around it. More...

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Let’s be practical here: active learners are most engaged

The ConversationIn too many cases, students do not see the relevance of science to their lives. Young people have a high level of awareness of what’s happening around them socially but many of them are blissfully unaware of the role of science and technology in every aspect of their lives. More...

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Searching for scientific Mozarts: get em’ while they’re young

The ConversationTo make a better society and economy, Australia needs a scientifically literate populace capable of making informed decisions. More...

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Inspiring science: fast-track PhD graduates into teaching

The ConversationAsk a PhD student what attracted them into research and they’ll probably answer they wanted to make a difference. Ask a teacher what attracted them to the classroom and you will probably hear the same reply. More...

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