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Sex, drugs and alcohol are the top reasons that Texas teachers get in trouble, but overall, such cases are rare

Sex, drugs and alcohol are the top reasons that Texas teachers get in trouble, but overall, such cases are rare

Only about 1 in 200 teachers in Texas are sanctioned for misbehavior, but the largest portion of those sanctions involve sexually related offenses. That’s according to a new study we published recently in the Journal of Education Human Resources. The study describes the reasons teachers in Texas are sanctioned for misbehavior, including the frequency and type of […] … learn more→

In 2020, universities shifted to online learning – three lessons from students’ experiences

In 2020, universities shifted to online learning – three lessons from students’ experiences

For young people who were in university at the height of the COVID pandemic, the university experience was suddenly radically different to what they had expected. Teaching moved quickly online, with students forced to adjust to using digital tools to complete their learning at home. Those looking forward to life on campus instead saw social and extra-curricular activities curtailed. […] … learn more→

Video game loot boxes: the first approach of minors to games of chance

Video game loot boxes: the first approach of minors to games of chance

The video game business model has evolved as technology has evolved. In the beginning, they were sold in physical format. With the internet, part of the industry has chosen to make money through microtransactions . These are small payments that unlock in-game content. For example, a new weapon for our character. A specific type of microtransaction, loot boxes (loot boxes), have sparked great controversy […] … learn more→

Memory problems during the pandemic? It’s just your brain trying to distinguish one day from the next

Memory problems during the pandemic? It’s just your brain trying to distinguish one day from the next

Without a doubt, we are living through a historically significant period. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the global economy, imposed extreme strain on health-care systems and precipitated a sudden and dramatic change in our daily lives. Intuitively, it seems logical that the magnitude of disruption caused by the pandemic should generate many memorable moments of […] … learn more→

Academic freedom and democracy in African countries: the first study to track the connection

Academic freedom and democracy in African countries: the first study to track the connection

There is growing interest in the state of academic freedom worldwide. A 1997 Unesco document defines it as the right of scholars to teach, discuss, research, publish, express opinions about systems and participate in academic bodies. Academic freedom is a cornerstone of education and knowledge. Yet there is surprisingly little empirical research on the actual […] … learn more→

Why is tech giant Apple trying to teach our teachers?

Why is tech giant Apple trying to teach our teachers?

Apple products are already a central part of our lives in so many ways. We use them to work, socialise, monitor our heart rates, pay for things and watch TV. But did you know they are also involved in teaching school teachers? The shift to online learning following COVID-19 is not only for students. Teachers now also […] … learn more→

We are on the brink of losing Indigenous languages in Australia – could schools save them?

We are on the brink of losing Indigenous languages in Australia – could schools save them?

Of the world’s 7,000 languages, it is estimated 50% to 90% will no longer be spoken in the next 50 to 100 years. The majority under threat are languages spoken by Indigenous peoples around the world: one is lost every two weeks. One of the world’s fastest rates of language loss is in Australia. Indigenous languages in Australia […] … learn more→

Only about 1 in 5 engineering degrees go to women

Only about 1 in 5 engineering degrees go to women

Despite various efforts to encourage more women to study STEM fields in college, the percentage of engineering bachelor’s degrees earned by women in the United States hasn’t increased much in the 21st century. Specifically, it has risen from 18% in 1998 to 22% in 2018. Of all the fields in STEM – or science, technology, engineering and […] … learn more→

Despite $400 boost, Pell Grants fall far short of original goal to make college more affordable for low- and middle-income students

Despite $400 boost, Pell Grants fall far short of original goal to make college more affordable for low- and middle-income students

Back around when the Pell Grant was created by Congress in 1973 to help students from low-income families pay for higher education, it covered 80% of the costs of attending a public four-year college or university. And it covered over 40% of the costs of going to a private one. Today, thanks to increases in tuition costs and Pell Grants not […] … learn more→

The top 3 skills needed to do a PhD are skills employers want too

The top 3 skills needed to do a PhD are skills employers want too

More and more people are applying to do a PhD. What many don’t know is it takes serious skills to do one – and, more importantly, complete it. We analysed the selection criteria for PhD candidates on a platform that advertises PhD programs. Our analysis of thousands of these ads revealed exactly what types of skills different […] … learn more→