Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

The science of learning: five classic studies

Afew classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates a profound truth about how we learn – often at the same time showing up our unjustified assumptions about how our minds work. […]

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Travel broadens the mind, but can it alter the brain?

There are lots of opportunities for students to travel: be it to postpone your degree and travel the world after taking your A-levels; to take a placement abroad; or to spend your summer months volunteering. Reports show that over 20,000 UK students spend time abroad for a period of over three months each year. It’s […]

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Modern apprenticeships have grown up

Announce you’ve decided to do an apprenticeship and many will assume you either failed to get into university or you want to be a tradesman. “A lot of parents and teachers don’t understand that pretty much everything from law to web developing can be accessed through a modern apprenticeship,” says Nick Boles, minister of state […]

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Six questions to ask before choosing your A-levels

Picking your A-level subjects is one of the first big academic decisions that students face. Choosing what to study won’t just determine what you’re doing in year 12 and 13, it could also affect your university choices and even your future career. And it’s not just a case of picking between subject areas – you’ll […]

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Teachers in deprived schools 'more likely to be inexperienced'

Teachers working in the most deprived schools, where attainment levels are lower and children are needier, are more likely to be inexperienced and therefore less effective at their job, according to new research. The study by the University of Cambridge was published on Wednesday ahead of a summit organised by the Sutton Trust education charity […]

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Finland ranked world's most literate nation

Finland is the world’s most literate nation, according to new research, with the UK coming in 17th, behind countries including the US, Canada and Australia. Home to Tove Jansson, the author of the much-loved Moomin books, and awidely praised education system, Finland topped a table of world literacy in a new study conducted by John […]

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Maths isn’t the problem – the way it’s taught is

Acounty council gathers data about where road accidents take place, identifies an accident blackspot, places a speed camera there, and notices that the frequency of accidents decreases. Moreover, this is not a one-off: many other councils have observed similar reductions. Does this show that speed cameras improve road safety? The answer isn’t as straightforward as […]

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