23 mars 2015

A Brief History of Calculators in the Classroom

http://hackeducation.com/assets/images/pigeons.jpgBy Audrey Watters. Certainly some classrooms long ago sanctioned the use of a different sort of calculating instrument, the slide rule. But the calculator seems to evoke all sorts of fears that students’ computational abilities would be ruined, that students would become too reliant upon machines, that they wouldn’t learn how to estimate, that they wouldn’t learn from their errors. More...

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16 mars 2015

The new higher-ed STEM: Social, collaborative

eCampus NewsBy . What is the first thing you think of when you think ‘engineering major’? Do you think collaborative; conversational; social media-savvy with a history of experience explaining technical situations in layman’s terms. More...

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15 mars 2015

Math Geek Mom: Irrational Decisions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Rosemarie Emanuele. In Economics, the idea of someone acting in a “rational” way implies that they make decisions that maximize their own utility, and that they do so consistently. in Mathematics, the same word means that a number can be represented as the ratio of two integers, that it can be written as a decimal that either ends or repeats forever. I found myself thinking of this recently, and the many decisions that we make in life that might be seen as “irrational”, as we approach the day the most famous irrational number is often celebrated. That number, “pi”, can approximated by its first three numbers, 3.14, and is therefore sometimes celebrated on March 14th. Read more...

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Pi Day of the Century

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. Math’s annual day in the headlines is approaching, and this year, the spotlight is extra exact. That’s because Saturday is the most accurate Pi Day of the entire 21st century.  
Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 in honor of the mathematical constant pi. The number, which rounds to 3.14, represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Read more...

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08 mars 2015

New university aims to attract women into engineering

The IndependentBy Richard Garner. Plans for the UK’s first newly built university for three decades will be unveiled today – specialising in engineering and aiming for women to comprise half of all its students and teaching staff.
The private but not-for-profit New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMITE) aims to attract 5,000 students when it is fully operational. Read more...

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A Metaphor to Retire

HomeBy David Miller. For decades, debates about gender and science have often assumed that women are more likely than men to “leak” from the science and engineering pipeline after entering college. However, new research of which I am the coauthor shows this pervasive leaky pipeline metaphor is wrong for nearly all postsecondary pathways in science and engineering. Read more...

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06 mars 2015

Have young men become the new educational underclass?

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The real crisis in higher education is not the lack of women doing STEM degrees, but the fact that female students far outnumber men, says Martin Daubney. Read more...

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28 février 2015

STEM accreditation reviews launched

HEFCE logoThe announcement of the Government’s science and innovation strategy in December included a commission to establish a general review of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a specific review of computer science degree accreditation arrangements. The reviews will explore issues around graduate employability and consider options for how they could be addressed.
HEFCE will be supporting both reviews with evidence gathering and analysis, with sector and accrediting body engagement, and with alignment with the current quality assessment review. More...

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27 février 2015

6 Common Misconceptions About Mathematics Degrees

By Samantha Woodcock. Considering studying mathematics at university but not sure you fit the right mold? Think it’ll be too difficult, too nerdy, or won’t provide enough career options? Get ready to re-think your idea of the “typical” maths student, and what’s involved in a mathematics degree. More...

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22 février 2015

Women enrol in sciences but not STEM

By Wachira Kigotho. Gender differences in learning achievement contribute significantly towards girls’ and women’s low participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, based careers in Asia, according to a study conducted by UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific regional bureau
The report, A Complex Formula: Girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Asia, is a synthesis of seven case studies in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea and Vietnam. Read more...

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