Education

Teaching anti-terrorism: how France and England use schools to counter radicalisation

Jonathan James, UCL The murder of the schoolteacher Samuel Paty, beheaded by 18-year-old Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov in October 2020 after Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a civic education lesson, has understandably caused shock and fear among teachers in France. Many teachers were already struggling to manage classroom discussions on sensitive topics such as the satirical newspaper …

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Teacher motivation is vital – and COVID-19 may be hurting it

Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra, University of Essex During the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping students motivated as classes move online has been crucial. The role of student motivation in the process of learning is well known and is supported by research. However, the area of teacher motivation has not received as much attention. Even teachers themselves sometimes overlook the importance …

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How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting young people’s career plans

IMG Stock Studio/Shutterstock Ceryn Evans, Swansea University The coronavirus pandemic has had a serious and potentially detrimental impact on the lives of young people in the UK. The disruption to A-level results is one significant example, but is not the only way the future career prospects of young people have been affected. Those aged 16 to 24 have been among …

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Young people reveal the struggles of lockdown – and how they coped

Photographee.eu/Shutterstock Ola Demkowicz, University of Manchester; Alisha O’Neill, University of Manchester; Emma Ashworth, Liverpool John Moores University; Kirsty Pert, University of Manchester, and Terry Hanley, University of Manchester The COVID-19 lockdown upturned the lives of teenagers at a time when they are usually becoming more independent and taking steps toward their future. Instead, they were confined to their homes, exams …

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4 tips for college students to avoid procrastinating with their online work

Time management and supportive learning environments are keys to avoiding procrastination. fizkes/ iStock via Getty Images Plus Kui Xie, The Ohio State University and Sheng-Lun Cheng, Sam Houston State University If you take classes online, chances are you probably procrastinate from time to time. Research shows that more than 70% of college students procrastinate, with about 20% consistently doing it …

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6 ways to build motivation to do your schoolwork now that you’re forced to learn online at home

Breaking down big projects into smaller tasks helps. PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images Ryan Korstange, Middle Tennessee State University Even in normal circumstances, it can be hard to get motivated to do your schoolwork. But these are not normal circumstances. The switch to remote instruction caused by COVID-19 has been unsettling. Patterns have changed. Habits have been disrupted. Remote classes are simply …

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PE can do much more than keep children fit – but its many benefits are often overlooked

Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock David Grecic, University of Central Lancashire; Andrew Sprake, University of Central Lancashire, and Robin Taylor, University of Central Lancashire There are growing concerns about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people. In some cases, the legacy of the pandemic may be with us already. Teachers and school leaders are increasingly worried about the …

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Students are being forced to disclose sensitive information online. urbazon/Getty Images Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out …

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Low funding for universities puts students at risk for cycles of poverty, especially in the wake of COVID-19

Particularly during an economic crisis, graduating from university should not sentence students to a lifetime of debt. (Shutterstock) Tracy Smith-Carrier, Western University Post-secondary education has consistently been linked to the promise of a better life. Graduating from post-secondary study has been identified as the single most important factor affecting intergenerational mobility. Yet, several factors at play today show how this …

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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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