Research

5 Steps to Becoming a Reader of Research – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

A lot of people have told to me at my workshops that they wish to start reading research but they don’t know where to start. I usually respond by recommending popular books, such as How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice and How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now, which I just read this month. These provide teachers with easily digestible explanations of important research…

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A Learning Pyramid Profession – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

This week I tweeted a thread that started with this learning pyramid: For anyone who didn’t know already, everything about the Learning Pyramid is fake (Letrud & Hernes, 2018). There have been numerous iterations of it passed around at education conferences and, yes, Twitter too, for more than 160 years! Do a Google image search of “How do we learn” and you get the Learning Pyramid: Many, many fake pyramids It’s obvious that peddling something that is as fake and…

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Women’s research plummets during lockdown – but articles from men increase | Education

In April Dr Elizabeth Hannon, deputy editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, noticed that the number of article submissions she was receiving from women had dropped dramatically. Not so from men. “Negligible number of submissions to the journal from women in the last month,” she posted on Twitter. “Never seen anything like it.” The response was an outpouring of recognition from frustrated female academics, saying they were barely coping with childcare and work during the coronavirus…

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Free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” – Education Article

Elementary educators looking for a free resource to teach students about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 will have help from a zany book character named Mrs. Can. Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University and its Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research, a free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” will be available to teachers nationwide, along with a virtual resource to libraries and school systems by request. The book features third graders from a fictional “Class That Can”…

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To solve the problems of this pandemic, we need more than just ‘the science’ | Dominic Abrams | Education

Politicians make mistakes all the time. There is no getting away from it, as being wrongfooted by public opinion can spell the end of a political career. In that sense, they’re a bit like academics: we are also bound to get things wrong. But unlike politicians, we see the advantages in uncovering and learning from our errors and biases, in discovering new things and constantly thinking beyond the immediate problem. – That’s why the national academies – the British Academy,…

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Loss of international student fees could decimate UK research | Education

As university researchers race to find a way out of the coronavirus pandemic, top institutions are warning that losing at least half their international students will blow a huge hole in their research budgets and lead to cuts in vital scientific projects. Many universities are anticipating a loss of between 80 and 100% of their usual intake of international students as a result of the virus, with most agreeing a reduction of at least half seems inevitable. This is an…

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Design Thinking to Bring Purpose Passion – Education Article

Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom By Lindsay Portnoy(ASCD, 2020 – Learn more) Reviewed by Sarah Cooper In its sophisticated checklists, grounded research, and illustrative classroom stories, Lindsay Portnoy’s Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom will inspire you to fine-tune or jump-start your design thinking approach. While reading, I found myself appreciating the book’s rich structure, which features in each chapter a salient quotation, questions…

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Ig Nobel tour showcases the bra that doubles as a gas mask | Education

Last October, at Harvard University, I was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for public health for inventing the Emergency Bra, an item of lingerie that, in case of an emergency, can be quickly transformed into two protective respiratory face masks. Don’t get too excited, boys: this can be done without removing any clothes. My Ig Nobel nomination came as a pleasant surprise. And I recognised that this competitive prize for “scientific achievements that first make people laugh and then make…

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How Rapid Prototyping in Schools can Fail. – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

How does your school solve problems, make changes, or figure out what works best? In my previous post I wrote about how important it is for schools to get used to the idea of conducting controlled experiments to generate new knowledge for how make decisions and solve problems. In this post, I am going to be talking about a design model that I’ve seen used in schools to facilitate the testing and revision of new ideas: The Rapid Prototyping model.…

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Symptom-trackers and doctor dorms: how universities are fighting Covid-19 | Education

Universities are right on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus. They’re loaning the NHS vital medical equipment and facilities, using 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment, researching potential vaccines, and boosting the NHS workforce with fast-tracked medical students and healthcare academics. But these aren’t the only ways they’re contributing. Here are a few of the unexpected ways in which universities are using their research and resources to improve people’s lives. A new breathing aid The lack of ventilators…

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UK universities plead for billions of pounds in support | Education

British universities have made a plea for billions of pounds’ worth of research and bailout funding to survive the coronavirus crisis, offering to slash budgets and cap student recruitment in return. The Guardian has learned that the University of St Andrews – one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions – is among those facing a black hole in its accounts due to the pandemic. In response to the crisis, Universities UK (UUK) has proposed a series of measures to…

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The Importance of Being Experimental – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Educators are problem-solvers in a profession riddled with instructional and non-instructional problems. In any one school, countless problems need to be solved concurrently; Maybe one grade level needs help with improving students’ decoding skills, while the specialist teachers are curious how adjusting class periods would affect learning, while at the same time, despite heavy investment by the school, the virtual learning platform is not being adopted. Once one problem is addressed, another inevitably rises to take its place at the…

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Cambridge University assigns white academic to look at slavery links | Education

The equal rights campaigner and former Labour politician Trevor Phillips has criticised the University of Cambridge’s “bizarre” decision to appoint a white academic as head of a study into the institution’s historical links with slavery. Prof Martin Millett of Fitzwilliam College is to oversee the two-year research project, which will investigate ways in which the university “contributed to or benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era” in an effort to “acknowledge…

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Help! I’m Trying to Teach My 9-Month-Old How to Crawl and it isn’t Working. – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I have a 9-month-old daughter who still cannot crawl. I’ve tried having her build up her strength through various leg and abdominal exercises. I’ve shown her interactive diagrams and YouTube videos of babies crawling, and I’ve read her the definition of crawling from the dictionary. I’ve modeled the correct way to crawl so many times I’m wearing holes in the knees of my jeans. The doctor told me that this is totally normal and not to worry, but today when…

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Interview: Gita Ramjee | Education

Months have passed, but Professor Gita Ramjee still recoils at the memory of events that came close to robbing South Africa of one of its top scientists. “There came a point when I thought: is it worth my while? I have dedicated my life to finding an HIV prevention option for the women of Africa, and these recent attempts to tarnish my efforts have been very demotivating.” It is fitting that we meet on a day when freak waves and…

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Postgraduate students urge funders to extend grants over coronavirus | Education

PhD and master’s students have signed an open letter asking to be given extensions to their funding by research councils so they can finish work disrupted by the coronavirus. The letter, which has more than 1,000 signatories across UK universities, asks for research councils to urgently publish a plan outlining additional financial support for all postgraduate students. Many postgraduate students are currently unable to continue their research projects and theses because fieldwork has been halted and university labs and libraries…

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