Education

Suckers for learning: why octopuses are so intelligent

Suckers for learning: why octopuses are so intelligent Morten Brekkevold, CC BY-NC-SA Lisa Poncet, Université de Caen Normandie Our last common ancestor with the octopus existed more than 500 million years ago. So why is it that they seem to show such peculiar similarities with humans, while at the same time appearing so alien? Perhaps because despite their tentacles covered with suckers …

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Why early-years education must be prioritised in pandemic recovery plans

Xanthe Whittaker, University of Leeds; Jennifer Tomlinson, University of Leeds, and Kate Hardy, University of Leeds Nursery workers, childminders and nannies have been working hard throughout the pandemic. This work is, in part, what has allowed key workers to keep working. This has been crucial not only for parents and their employers, but also for the children themselves, especially those …

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How a national student database could cheapen the college experience

The proposed database would focus on income. Andy Sacks/Getty Images Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has proposed that the federal government create a database that includes information on outcomes for individual college graduates, such as how much money they earn after they get a degree in a particular major. That’s according to a report that …

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Academic tenure: What it is and why it matters

In the 2018-2019 academic school year, 45.1% of professors at U.S. colleges and universities overall had tenure. Tom Werner/DigitalVision George Justice, Arizona State University How would you like a job that was guaranteed and allowed you to do your work as you see fit and speak your mind with no repercussions? Most people would, and that’s the idea behind academic …

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Why do I need anything other than Google to answer a question?

Scholars can be more reliable than search engines. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Cody Behles, University of Memphis Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do I need a scholar to answer a question if there is Google? – Harrison F., age 13, …

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Why business school efforts to recruit more diverse faculties are failing

Black and Hispanic business school professors are few in number. nortonrsx/iStock via Getty Images Plus Sonya A. Grier, American University Kogod School of Business Despite the increasing diversity among America’s college students, business school professors remain overwhelmingly white. In U.S. business schools, Black and Hispanic individuals make up 23.2% of students, yet only 6.7% of the faculty. As a researcher …

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Open science can help accelerate – and protect – high-quality research in low-income countries

Rizqy Amelia Zein, Universitas Airlangga The public call to make science more open and transparent is not only longstanding, it has been intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the health crisis, researchers around the world have gotten together and worked to understand the nature of the disease, develop vaccines, and create efficient ways to diagnose and treat patients. …

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IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?

sun ok/Shutterstock Roger Staff, University of Aberdeen and Lawrence Whalley, University of Aberdeen From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. Which is why it would be easy to assume that with each generation, humans are getting smarter. But is this …

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Motivation is a key factor in whether students cheat

Putting less emphasis on grades is essential. Sam Edwards/OJO Images via Getty Images Carlton J. Fong, Texas State University and Megan Krou, Teachers College, Columbia University Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic caused many U.S. colleges to shift to remote learning in the spring of 2020, student cheating has been a concern for instructors and students alike. To detect student cheating, …

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5 ways for teachers to build a good rapport with their students online

A fifth grade teacher conducts her class via distance learning in a classroom. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Meredith Aquila, Northern Virginia Community College Of all the things needed for academic success, one of the most essential is for students to have a good rapport with their instructors. This is particularly true in the digital classroom, where …

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