Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

19 octobre 2017

Australia’s new national space agency will help students reach for the stars in STEM

The ConversationThe establishment of a new Australian national space agency was announced by federal minister for education and training, Simon Birmingham, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide this past week. The announcement was met with loud cheers from the 4,300 delegates attending from around the world, 30% of whom were Australians. More...

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Turning traditional teaching on its head helps rural science students

The ConversationWhen I started lecturing full-time a little over five years ago, I knew what everybody does: that we all learn better by doing. I knew that “active learning” – literally doing anything apart from just talking through a PowerPoint presentation – is the way to go. More...

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These four easy steps can make you a math whiz

The ConversationFor many reasons, not the least of which is that Pólya died in 1985, you will meet him as I did – through his wildly successful “How to Solve It.” Penned in 1945, this book went on to sell over one million copies and was translated into 17 languages. More...

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18 octobre 2017

Math Geek Mom: Two Roles concept of “inverse” is central to Algebra of all kinds. For example, the inverse of a number is, under addition, the negative of that number, making -5 the inverse of 5. Meanwhile, the reciprocal of a number is the inverse of that number under multiplication, making 1/5 the inverse of 5. More...

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13 octobre 2017

All Too Familiar Bias

HomeBy Nick Roll. Leaked Google memo, described as an “anti-diversity screed,” reminds many women in STEM fields of the challenges that remain not just in industry, but in academe. More...

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12 octobre 2017

How Women Select Majors

HomeBy Nick Roll. Many women in STEM fields, for example, have cited discrimination and discriminatory attitudes as hardships they face in academia and in the private sector, and a new paper adds another factor to the mix: feminine norms, and how women perceive and adhere to femininity. More...

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Why Female Students Leave STEM

HomeBy Nick Roll. Paper finds that bad grades on their own aren’t enough to prompt a change of major, and neither is the environment, but problems arise when those factors compound one other. More...

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Report on Underrepresented STEM Students

HomeBy Nick Roll. A new 68-page report from the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California hopes to address underrepresented students in STEM. The report, part of a collaborative effort from eight California State University campuses, emphasizes collaboration between existing academic affairs and student affairs programs -- which are often separated -- as well as specific interventions for struggling students. More...

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10 octobre 2017

A ‘New Normal’ in STEM Teaching?

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. AAU wanted to improve science education beyond an instructor-by-instructor basis. Five years on, a major initiative piloted on eight campuses seems to be working. More...

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A controversial call for decolonisation of maths

By Nicola Jenvey. Formal metaphysical mathematics of the kind currently taught in schools and universities can and should be decolonised and uncoupled from its Western roots, and doing so would make it easier to teach and learn. More...

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