24 août 2019

What’s the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results

The ConversationResearch has shown that children are highly successful learners if they have a lot of exposure to a new language over a long time, such as in the case of child immigrants who are surrounded by the new language all day, every day. In such a scenario, children become much more proficient in the new language over the long term than adults. More...

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GCSE and A-level results: it’s not just the grades that matter

The ConversationA-level results will soon be out, with more than 300,000 students eagerly waiting to find out if they’ve made the grade. Then come GCSE results, with even more students keen to find out how they’ve done. More...

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What it’s really like to mark a GCSE or A-level exam

The ConversationEvery summer results day gives rise to a raft of headlines about the number of students who have to appeal because of inaccurate marking – though strangely enough, no-one ever appeals because they think their paper has been marked too highly. More...

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GCSE results: further decline in arts and technical subjects

The ConversationThe number of students achieving GCSEs in technical and creative subjects along with religious studies (RS) has declined yet again, according to provisional data. This is a trend that has been happening since education reforms in 2010 – which led to a narrowing of the curriculum. More...

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Academic Freedom: universities must take a stance or risk becoming complicit with Chinese government interference

The ConversationThis is an important year in Chinese history. It marks the anniversaries of two political movements involving students and scholars: the May Fourth Movement and the Tiananmen Square protests – known in China as the June Fourth Incident. More...

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University sector must tackle air travel emissions

The ConversationSummer is here – for many, a time for holidays and travelling, often by plane. Air travel has risen steeply on a global level. Since 2004 alone, passenger numbers have more than doubled, from two billion to 4.4 billion in 2018, with new record numbers forecast for 2019. Emissions from global air travel are predicted to double or even treble again by 2050 if no action is taken.
Universities play a role in this with a high and rising air travel footprint. Academics are frequent air travellers – to present at international conferences, conduct and review research, network and collaborate. “International recognition” forms an important criterion for academic job descriptions and promotions, and universities increasingly benefit from international student fees and international research funding. Many academics see travelling to far-flung places as the perk of the job – to compensate for long hours and performance pressures. More...

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New paternity leave proposals to exclude high earners could be a step backwards for gender equality

The ConversationA father’s role may have shifted massively in recent decades – from being seen as the main breadwinner or money earner in a household, to being a more active participant in family life. Yet, less than one in three new fathers in the UK currently take paternity leave. More...

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UK’s LGBT teachers still scarred by the legacy of homophobic legislation more than 30 years on

The ConversationLGBT teachers were asked which members of the school community were aware of their sexual identity. Only 20% of Section era teachers indicated being out to all school colleagues, while 88% of teachers were who started after section 28 was repealed in 2003. Almost half of these teachers were out to their pupils, compared with only 20% of Section 28-era teachers. More...

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How autism-friendly architecture can change autistic children’s lives

The ConversationImagine wearing a hearing aid on its highest setting and being unable to make any adjustment. You can hear the speech of the person next to you – but, at the same volume, you hear birdsong through an open window, the air conditioning whirring above and the traffic droning outside. More...

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National service for the environment and a Green New Deal to fight climate change – Imagine newsletter #1

The ConversationIn this first issue of Imagine, we asked academics how the strikes can translate into long-term impact. One researcher proposes directly channelling the energy of young people into climate action with a national service for the environment. Others tell us how youth enthusiasm can play an integral part in changing climate policy around the world – and what it all means for tackling this huge issue. More...

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