Education

How to protect children online without using tough rules and reprimands

gpointstudio/Shutterstock Tom Harrison, University of Birmingham Established the same year Facebook was founded (2004), Safer Internet Day has become a fixture in schools, teaching children how to safely navigate an increasingly complex online world. With much of the world in some form of lockdown, this year’s Safer Internet Day will be different. Parents must take it upon themselves to guide …

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Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com Amie Freeman, University of South Carolina Editor’s note: The high price of college textbooks has long been a sore point for students. Even though the price reportedly went down by 26% since January 2017 – the first decrease in years – the overall trend in recent years has been a …

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Universities don’t control the labour market: we shouldn’t fund them like they do

Some people are more employable than others. from shutterstock.com Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University and Ruth Bridgstock, Griffith University From 2020, universities will receive a certain amount of government funding based on four performance measures: student drop-out rates; participation of Indigenous, lower socioeconomic status and regional and remote students; student satisfaction with the university experience; and employment outcomes. The government …

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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Textbooks can be costly. from shutterstock.com James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition …

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How Creative Commons works, and why it enables access to knowledge

The Copyright Amendment Bill will expedite the development of open educational resources. Shutterstock Denise Rosemary Nicholson, University of the Witwatersrand A big barrier to lifelong learning can be the cost of resources. There are worldwide initiatives to change this, though, and it’s helpful to know how to use these resources legally. One such arrangement is Creative Commons, considered to be …

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Textbooks could be free if universities rewarded professors for writing them

Universities have a responsibility to reduce barriers in student learning, and one way to do this is through creating textbooks that are free to students. (Min An/Pexels) James M. Skidmore, University of Waterloo Some student organizations have endorsed the social media campaign #textbookbroke to draw attention to the burdens placed on students by the high cost of learning materials. A …

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Poorer students are less likely to take part in sport at university

JustPixs/Shutterstock Kerry Griffiths, Sheffield Hallam University Sport has benefits for education as well as for health and wellbeing. Being active can help with concentration, and improve grades. Sport also gives students skills that are valuable in the world of work, such as confidence, team working, leadership and communication skills. These can have a positive impact on future job opportunities. Despite …

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Uganda’s schooling system doesn’t politically empower young people

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Simone Datzberger, UCL More than 20 years ago, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development stated that: The lack of education stops a great majority of Africans from being citizens in their own right. However, in the two following decades, there have been very mixed results on how education enhances political empowerment in …

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Five ways to help your child develop a love for reading

Maya Afzaal/Shutterstock Isang Awah, University of Oxford A love for reading can be hugely valuable for children. The benefits of leisure reading include increased general knowledge, a positive impact on academic achievement, enhanced reading ability and vocabulary growth. Indeed, research suggests that time spent reading for pleasure could be a key indicator for the future success of a child – …

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How the Abraham Accords could create real peace in the Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Edmund Adam, University of Toronto How will history books judge the so-called Abraham Accords, …

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