29 août 2015

Banks and government on warning

The ConversationBy . Regulators tend to talk in convoluted riddles, deliberately torturing the language such that one is able to read into their official statements almost anything one wants. Who can forget the patron saint of regulators. More...

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Students' experiences show it’s time to rethink ideas of university “readiness”

The ConversationBy . When universities are trying to establish whether an applicant is “ready” for the demands of higher education, they focus almost exclusively on previous academic achievement. More...

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Should Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s classrooms?

The ConversationBy . Should William Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s schools and universities? It’s a question that emerges, sometimes flippantly and sometimes in earnest, when conversations about post-coloniality and decolonisation turn to literature and culture. More...

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Why British universities should rethink selecting students by academic ability

The ConversationBy . Britain’s university entrance system, in which students are selected based on their academic grades, is the main reason why efforts to widen access to higher education beyond the country’s upper and middle classes have had only modest success. In England, 18-year-olds from the most advantaged areas are still three times more likely to enter higher education than those from the most disadvantaged areas. Unless the current selection process is abolished, universities will continue to create unequal opportunities and drive social inequality. More...

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How fatherhood is changing for the better

The ConversationBy . Traditionally, fathers were breadwinners and disciplinarians. Fathers taught their sons how to play football and encouraged their children to “buy a block of land”. I’ve been researching fatherhood for 25 years and, in the past, the traditional role of the father was manifest. But this is changing substantially. More...

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Intense after-school tutoring holds many lessons – for learners and teachers

The ConversationBy  and . Pre-service teachers must spend a few months working in schools to practice their craft and learn from qualified educators. This is an important part of their training, but it doesn’t allow pre-service teachers to work for an extended period with the same group of learners. More...

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How understanding the prisoner’s dilemma can help bridge liberal and conservative differences

The ConversationBy . In my social psychology class, I pose an extra credit question where students choose between having two points or six points added onto their final term paper grade, with the stipulation that if more than 10% of the class chooses six points, no one gets any points. More...

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When teachers see similarities with students, relationships and grades improve

The ConversationBy . Many of our world’s most pressing challenges arise between groups who perceive the chasm between their opposing views as too vast to bridge. More...

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Feet on campus, heart at home: first-generation college students struggle with divided identities

The ConversationBy . In families, role assignments about work, family, religion and community are passed down through the generations creating “intergenerational continuity.” When a family member disrupts this system by choosing to attend college, he or she experiences a shift in identity, leading to a sense of loss. Not prepared for this loss, many first-generation students may come to develop two different identities – one for home and another for college. More...

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Inside the academy, time to ask some difficult questions

The ConversationBy . These days, public discussion of colleges and universities in the United States – and there is a lot of it – is almost exclusively concerned with rising costs, the job prospects of graduates, the contributions of colleges and universities to economic growth, and funding by the states and the federal government. More...

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