Tagged: Education

How your daughter’s future doors may already be closed by the time she is six - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson Mar 17, 2017

Imagine you are reading a story to a child; the story goes something like this:   “There is one person at work who is really, really smart. They can figure out how to do things quickly, they come up with answers much faster and better than anyone else.  Now imagine telling this story: “There is one person at work who is … Read More

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves? - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 25, 2016

By Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University and Liz Fitzmaurice, Griffith University Medical students are practising invasive clinical procedures on themselves and fellow students at home as well as at medical school, a recent New Zealand study has confirmed. These procedures commonly include inserting a cannula, taking blood, and giving injections. Less commonly, students are suturing, … Read More

How we relate – What is meaningful engagement? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Oct 13, 2016

In a post-normal science world how we engage is fundamentally important. Next Tuesday Twitter users will have the opportunity to discuss meaningful engagement in a combined #scicommnz #scichatnz chat. SciCommNZ chats, using the hashtag #scicommnz, are where a community of scientists, science communicators and science educators meet on Twitter once a month. The chat aim is to … Read More

Education – private and public benefits - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 11, 2016

Massey University’s Professor Giselle Byrnes, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic and Enterprise), writes on the public benefits of tertiary education in this past week’s NBR. She makes a good case for the existence of public benefits; the main thrust of the piece is that the Productivity Commission’s report on tertiary pays insufficient heed to the public benefits while focusing on … Read More

COOLs? Are they as cool as they sound? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Sep 04, 2016

The National government is proposing a number of amendments to the NZ Education Act. One, which has already received quite a lot of press, sounds rather like a return to bulk funding under another name. But the latest one to hit the news is more like an untried social experiment with the potential for a lot of brown stuff to … Read More

Tertiary crystal balls - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 06, 2016

Two weekends ago, I contributed to a panel session run at the Tertiary Education Union’s conference. My notes are copied below, cross-posted from The Sandpit. Interestingly, a few days later, Labour proposed something that sounds close to what I here suggested; I hope that they’re planning on using the available data appropriately. Notes for address to the … Read More

Kids catastrophise climate change - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Jul 28, 2016

It’s good to keep things positive, says Macleans College teacher Susan van der Spuy, when teaching science and environmental issues to children. Otherwise they can tend to think the whole planet is going to burn up. Mrs van der Spuy, who recently finished a placement at Landcare Research under the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Science Teaching Leadership Programme, … Read More

Can genes really predict educational achievement? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 27, 2016

Daphne Martschenko, University of Cambridge Researchers at King’s College London say they are able to predict educational achievement from DNA alone. Using a new type of analysis called a “genome-wide polygenic score”, or GPS, they analysed DNA samples from 3,497 people in the ongoing Twins Early Development Study. They found that people whose DNA had … Read More

Climate: considering future risk - Unsorted

Lynley Hargreaves Jul 07, 2016

Our ability to care for the environment depends, in part, on our ability to navigate risk. This issue looms large with climate change, says senior Landcare Research researcher Dr Alison Greenaway, who worked on the Royal Society of New Zealand report Climate Change Implications for New Zealand. We need climate-sensitive institutions, says Dr Greenaway, as … Read More

Powering potential in young Māori - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall May 19, 2016

Teachers have been shown to underestimate Māori children’s academic capabilities, which their achievements end up reflecting. But Pūhoro, a forward-thinking science academy, has now been set up to support Māori youth in reaching their true potential. Naomi Manu and Mana Vautier give us the lowdown. One thing that people really don’t like to talk about is prejudice. But we all have … Read More