Tagged: Learning

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

Should degrees be taught mainly by research active staff? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 28, 2016

Should degrees be taught mainly by research active staff?* is one of the many questions being asked in the “New models of tertiary education” issues paper released for comment in February of this year. Looking at the various regulations currently embedded in New Zealand there appears to an assumption that degrees benefit from being taught by research active … Read More

A learning system for science engagement: Part 1 - Curious and Curiouser

Victoria Metcalf Feb 05, 2016

Science engagement is currently a hot socio-political issue with extensive Government investment and interest. But it is not a new issue, and there is a lot that has been done in the past that we should be learning from and building on. A guest post by Dr Cathy Buntting, Senior Research Fellow, University Waikato. This is an educator’s perspective on the … Read More

Should I cram all night before that exam? - Sleep on it

Karyn O'Keeffe Sep 25, 2012

I’m going to give a presentation to some law students in a couple of weeks. Along with providing information about normal sleep and what can affect it, I’d like to convey that short sleep is not a good strategy for optimising learning. Short sleep amongst students is not uncommon. As a teenager, our circadian body clock naturally drifts later. Those … Read More

Learning new information while we sleep - Sleep on it

Karyn O'Keeffe Aug 31, 2012

This week brings some exciting findings about sleep and learning.  In particular, in a study to be published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Arzi and colleagues have shown that it’s possible to learn new information during sleep. To date, research has largely focussed on information storage during sleep rather than new information processing during sleep.  For example, we know … Read More

The Role of Parents in Education - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 22, 2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about how schools and teachers affect a student’s learning. However, there are other factors which have an influence on a student’s success – for example the student’s home environment and parental involvement. Parents have the potential to have a significant effect of how well a student does at school. If parents have a … Read More

TOSP Episode 13: December 5th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 07, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Another week, another collection of brilliant stuff to talk about. This week, Elf and aimee talk about groups.  Well, mostly groups, but also weta, astronomy, learning and why we don’t have a cure for AIDS.  As for groups – we look into how StarCraft 2 [...] … Read More

Science Communication: Education or Appreciation? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 17, 2011

One of the things I enjoy most about science is learning how different things work. I like to learn the details, the interesting and esoteric facts about a topic, and I like to learn about how it fits into the “bigger picture.” Science truly fascinates me. When communicating science there is sometimes the tendency to assume that everyone else is … Read More

“Just So Science” – How the Horizon was Crafted - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Apr 29, 2011

This is somewhat of a follow-on from my earlier post about the ideas that sprung from the Science and Innovation in Education Forum. I’ll do my best to explain each idea in the context that it was created, the issues it’s attempting to address, and physically how it will be achieved. That said I certainly don’t … Read More

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