Tagged: Learning

Not just another rat study - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 09, 2018

A new high-quality study of the effect of fluoride on the memory and learning behaviour of rats has produced definitive results. Anti-fluoride campaigners had great hopes this study would bring an end to community water fluoridation (CWF) – but their hopes have been dashed. The study showed no effect of fluoride on the memory, learning and motor skills of rats thus reinforcing the consensus … Read More

Does good grammar really matter? - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude May 08, 2018

This post was originally published on The Spinoff. The emphasis placed on formal written grammar in schools obscures the fact that English has many kinds of grammar – and they’re all equally valid, writes Waikato University senior lecturer in linguistics, Andreea Calude. “But don’t you want your kids to get a job one day?” There are almost 200 people … Read More

Buzz Off! Mosquitoes might learn to fear the smell of swatters - News

Jean Balchin Jan 29, 2018

  Most of us think of mosquitoes as irritating little pests, plaguing us during the summer months when open windows are a necessity. But new research, reported in Current Biology on January 25 shows that mosquitoes can learn to associate a particular odour with an unpleasant mechanical shock akin to being swatted. As a … Read More

Opinion: Te Reo should be taught in schools – here’s why! - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 25, 2018

When I was 6, my family moved to Mangonui, a little fishing village in Doubtless Bay. Besides the world-class fish and chip shop and the clouds of sprats flying around under the surface of the water, I loved Mangonui for its embrace of te ao Māori (the Māori world). I was a little Pakeha girl from the North Shore of Auckland, … Read More

Babies can learn the value of persistence by watching grownups stick with a challenge - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 17, 2018

Julia Leonard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. Although you’ve never … Read More

Anki – Turning Chinese character-learning from a mountain into a molehill - Lippy Linguist

Guest Author Nov 28, 2017

Guest post by Louise Stevenson, Linguistics, History and Chinese language student at the University of Waikato Those who study Mandarin Chinese are familiar with the question, “But isn’t that one of the hardest languages to learn?” Usually, I like to challenge this question by pointing out how wonderfully straightforward the grammar is – no case-marking, no articles, and no inflection … Read More

Laptops in lectures - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Oct 02, 2017

I type much more quickly than I write (some would argue, also more legibly). But when I’m taking notes in meetings, I do it with a (very old-fashioned) fountain pen & notebook. The reason is that this makes me filter what I’m writing, so that only the relevant points make it onto paper.  And this is why I’m actually somewhat … Read More

A question for the Minister of Education - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jun 30, 2017

I usually don’t pay much attention to the output of the Ministry of Education or its ministers.  I often fear that if I did it would turn out to be about disconcerting as MBIE’s output.   I focus on getting my own kids through the school system with as little enduring damage as possible  (one of the real joys of … 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