26 septembre 2018

Why it matters that teens are reading less

The ConversationMost of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different. Plus...

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Let’s teach students why math matters in the real world

The ConversationTeaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is more important than ever, but it’s often difficult for students to understand the practical applications of such fundamental learning and how it will help them down the road. Plus...

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I acted like a complete jerk to my students just to prove a point

The ConversationI belittled one student by criticizing him in front of others. I favored another student by telling other students they should be more like her. I responded impatiently to questions. I told one student his contribution to class was incompetent. Plus...

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The Catholic Church is a rich male collective

The ConversationI’m a typical sociologist, meaning I am skeptical about religion and human spirituality. Although I attended Catholic Church as a small child, I could see the hypocrisy, even as a child. I rejected that religion at an early age. Plus...

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Should you trust your boss? Your lover? Here’s how to measure it

The ConversationTrust, of course, is vital for individual relationships and for organizational effectiveness — within universities and businesses alike. It creates an atmosphere where work is well-managed. It smooths the way, serving as a lubricant for an effective — and efficient — work environment. Plus...

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University students: how to manage the stress of studying for your degree

The ConversationAccording to the recently published Natwest Student Living Index, 64% of university students rated the stress of studying for their degree as seven or above out of ten. Other studies have estimated that up to 82% of UK university students suffer from stress and anxiety, and the number of students dropping out of university due to mental health problems is increasing. Plus...

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Women’s colleges play unique role in quest for equality

The ConversationWomen’s colleges have by definition led progress toward equality between the sexes since their founding in the 19th century – and, I would argue, they lead it today. One reason is that women’s colleges offer an environment in which women are the focus, and the drivers, of academic excellence. Plus...

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The science of multitasking, and why you should doodle in class

The ConversationWhen somebody can juggle lots of things at the same time, we often say that they are good “multitaskers.” All of us multitask once in a while. Plus...

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How the humanities can deliver for the fourth industrial revolution

The ConversationWhat do you teach university students in a post-Google world? In a few minutes, anyone with a smartphone can get basic knowledge about the side-effects of pseudoephedrine, the history of the Eiffel Tower, or the workings of a jet engine. The information they get may not be correct or complete, but they won’t know that. They will think they’re suitably informed. Plus...

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Research-intensive universities in Africa? A model of how to build them

The ConversationSub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13·5% of the global population but less than 1% of global research output. In 2008, Africa produced 27 000 published papers – the same number as the Netherlands. Plus...

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