There is a gender divide in the subjects teenagers choose to study. In 2022, 63% of UK GCSE candidates taking full-course Physical Education (PE) for GCSE were male. For Art and Design subjects, though, boys made up only 35% of the students taking the subject. The subjects students choose to study carry gender meanings. Research on boys […] … learn more→
Monthly Archives: August 2022
GCSEs: how gender norms influence what young people choose to study at school
Scientists are diligent in Tweeting , is it always accurate? We need to pay attention to 12 indicators of the quality of science communication to the public
The COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of 2020 has increasingly made scientists have an important role in science communication to explain scientific problems accurately. Their role is getting bigger in dealing with global health issues. However, science communication by scientists often triggers public controversy. In fact, not a few leave information that is not correct ( misleading ) for […] … learn more→
Parents and screen time: are you a ‘contract maker’ or an ‘access denier’ with your child?
Screen time was a battle for parents before COVID and it continues to be a battle, long after lockdowns have ended. The Royal Children’s Hospital March 2021 child health poll found too much screen time was parents’ number-one health concern about their kids, with more than 90% of surveyed parents saying it’s a problem. We are researchers […] … learn more→
5 problems with the Student Experience Survey’s attempt to understand what’s going on in higher education post-COVID
Each year tens of thousands of higher education students complete the Student Experience Survey. It’s seen as a litmus test of student engagement, satisfaction and educational quality. But do the ways in which institutions and governments try to understand student experiences still add up? The pandemic has transformed enrolment patterns and the ways in which students […] … learn more→
Do we need an agency to oversee artificial intelligence?
We often come across advertisements for products labeled “with artificial intelligence”. But very rarely, if ever, is the user informed of more details. Who guarantees us that, effectively, this product works based on artificial intelligence (AI)? Who certifies that the answers it offers us are the correct ones? What code of ethics does it obey? Without knowing anything about it, when for […] … learn more→
Six benefits that the metaverse offers to colleges and universities
Even though it’s unclear what exactly the metaverse is and whether it even exists, colleges and universities have jumped onto the metaverse bandwagon. They have augmented in-person and remote video learning with features such as gamified interactive virtual worlds, virtual reality and mixed reality. In one of the largest efforts thus far, 10 U.S. colleges and universities have teamed up with U.S. […] … learn more→
The history of secret education for girls in Afghanistan – and its use as a political symbol
In August 2021 the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, and since then secondary education for girls in the country has been banned. However, there have been reports of clandestine girls’ schools operating despite the ban. Teenage girls are reportedly taking extraordinary risks to attend lessons. Their teachers bravely share knowledge, even if they do not have extensive experience […] … learn more→
Why do we like to see people read?
A few years ago the dating website eHarmony found that profiles that included reading in their list of hobbies were more attractive to the opposite sex. Specifically, the data revealed that men who mention reading as one of their personal interests receive 19% more messages, although, in the case of women, those who claimed to read received only […] … learn more→
Guide to Cardano (ADA): How to buy & how to stake it
In the world of cryptocurrency, investors and traders are always looking for new opportunities and great deals that would take their investment to the next level. And while everyone is talking about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other popular coins, wise investors are looking into other options. One of those options is Cardano (ADA), and a lot […] … learn more→
What the Shanghai ranking cannot measure
For yet another year, Jiao Tong University (in the Chinese city of Shanghai) has presented the results of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), more popularly known as the Shanghai ranking . And, as usually happens every year, its publication arouses interest in the media, although not so much within the academic community. Any […] … learn more→