21 avril 2019

Focus on college affordability obscures real problem: we’re overeducated

The ConversationSince the cost of going to college is an important concern for a large segment of voters, the 2016 presidential candidates are all advocating policies aimed at making a college education more affordable. More...

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Five things I wish I knew when I left school

The ConversationI could fill a book with the things I wish I’d known when I left school – how to iron, how to put up a shelf, how invaluable learning languages is. More...

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Happy families? Male acceptance of equality in the home could define the future

The ConversationAs we approach the UN International Day of Families, only the foolhardy would try and predict the future of family groups. Previous attempts have, in fact, failed. William J Goode, writing in the early 1960s during the “golden age of marriage”, saw convergence towards the Western-style conjugal family as an inevitable consequence of industrialisation. More...

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Genes are not destiny: environment and education still matter when it comes to intelligence

The ConversationRecent research has suggested that academic performance, reading ability and IQ have a genetic basis. This reinforces the popular notion that intelligence and related cognitive capacities are somehow “in our genes”. More...

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Expansion is no longer the answer to improving the Australian education system

The ConversationFor 50 years, Australia’s policymakers have been persuaded that growth at every level of the education system would be a good thing in itself – and would drive economic growth and social progress. More...

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The problem with Snow White, and what Scandinavia can teach us about it

The ConversationIn Stockholm’s Nicolaigarden pre-school, the teachers do not read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the students. Rather, its library holds children’s books that show different types of heroes and a diversity of family models (including those with single parents, adoptive children, and same-sex parents). More...

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Teaching and learning in a post-truth world

The ConversationIn today’s post-truth environment, university educators face new challenges. Their students are surrounded by a broader spectrum of ideologies and beliefs than ever. Some are fuelled by the US alt-right movement and the growth of similar identitarian movements across Europe. More...

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Why learn spelling or maths if there’s an app for that?

The ConversationThere is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as “flipped” classrooms, mobile-phone-enabled interactions, video capturing of lectures and enhanced mixed realities. More...

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How the humble comic book could become the next classroom superhero

The ConversationYou might think comics are just packed full of superheroes, funny animals and silly jokes, and you wouldn’t be far wrong. But while the term “comic book” might also bring to mind something that is outdated and just for young kids, what you might not know is that comics are being used to great effect in many classrooms and lecture theatres around the world. More...

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How strong academic support can change university students’ lives

The ConversationIn South Africa tens of thousands of students leave universities each year without completing their degrees. They are largely being pushed out of the system due to funding issues and a lack of academic support. More...

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