Science Education & Policy
The park is almost open. Two decades on and Jurassic Park has morphed into Jurassic World, the one and only dinosaur theme park.
Science has apparently evolved too: the genetically-engineered dinosaurs are to take a secondary role to a new star of the show, a genetically-engineered hybrid, worryingly named Indominus Rex
Undoubtedly, chaos will ensue.
How children think about their own ability can affect their progress and achievement at school, according to a number of education scholars.
The work of Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck and her concept of “mindset”
has been particularly influential in the way teachers are trying to change their pupils' views of their own intelligence.
U.S. government-issued dietary recommendations continue to evolve over time but a new paper by scholars claims that the main source of dietary information used by the U.S. Government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is scientifically flawed because the underlying data are primarily informed by memory-based dietary assessment methods (M-BMs) (e.g. interviews and surveys).(1)
In an editorial response nutrition experts suggest that the purported flaws are well-appreciated by nutritional researchers and can be mitigated by using multiple data sources, resulting in valid data.(2)
One of the main health targets proposed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, stroke and dementia by a third.
The goals for 2016-2030 define "premature" mortality as deaths occurring among people aged 69 years old or younger, so if you die after that you have lived a full life and shouldn't expect much more. But that is blatant "ageism", according to Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at University of East Anglia, and colleagues.
The U.K. government has indicated that it wishes to introduce testing for all children at Reception (when they first enter school at age four) this year. These tests seek to provide baseline assessments of a child’s ‘school readiness’ but teacher unions have criticized testing as being too narrowly focused and likely to add to the difficulties of an already challenging period for both children and their teachers.
Some Americans may regard the half of U.S. science that works in academia as overtly partisan due to a lack of political diversity, but it doesn't affect science issues. Though the anti-vaccine, anti-GMO and anti-energy movements are overwhelmingly populated by the left, scientists readily attack those positions because evidence matters most to American scientists.
Not so much in Europe. American academia may have a political litmus test for getting a faculty job but that doesn't bleed over into science research. In much of Europe you are more likely to need to check off all of the correct cultural boxes to get a job in the first place. And you had better not deviate from the plan.
It's not a secret that organic farms trade modern science for inefficiency in production and higher profit margins - but that does not count the 'intangibles' that go into organic farming, argue Terry Anderson and Henry Miller
, and those higher margins should be accounted for in a revenue-neutral way.
I spent the last weekend in Berlin, attending a conference for editors organized by Elsevier. And I learnt quite a bit during two very busy days. As a newbie - I am handling editor for the journal "Reviews in Physics" since January this year - I did expect to learn a lot from the event; but I will admit that I decided to accept the invitation to attend the event more out of curiosity for a world that is at least in part new to me, rather than out of professional sense of duty.
Recently, Sheri Lederman, a 4th grade
Learning styles-based education (LSBEd) places the child as the center of education. Learning Styles-Based Education uses an enhanced instructional design (FIER Instructional design) that includes the 5-step, 5-cycle model of teaching. It follows the learning styles model as a basis in the formulation of objectives, outcomes, activities, and assessment.