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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada in March 2020, schools across the country were shut within a few days. Children were homeschooled with varying levels of online support, which affected the working lives of many parents.
Curriculum theory, which aims to analyse and shape the future of education, has not yet adequately addressed the significant societal changes of the late 20th century. Instead, scholars of the field have largely been concerned with implementing education policy, training teachers, and developing educational content.
Professors Wright, Boun & Chan | How Multilingual Education Helped Cambodia Boost Indigenous Student Enrolment
Cambodia has had a tragic past, including a genocide and over a decade of civil war. However, since the mid-1990s, there has been relative peace, stability, and rapid development. Cambodia has made impressive progress rebuilding its education system and committing to universal educational access. By 2008, enrolment rates across Cambodia had risen to 92%. However, indigenous ethnic minority children in the remote villages of the northeastern provinces proved hardest to reach, in large part due to language barriers.
Capitalism and neoliberalism influence how children are schooled in the USA. American schools have standardised performance measures that teachers and students are expected to meet, which tend to prioritise: conformity, good grades and workforce readiness. They do not support students to develop identities, form good relationships, collaborate, or innovate. The result is an education system that undervalues care and community, which is at odds with the vision of raising compassionate young people. In a recent paper, teachers Austina Lee and Gareth Dylan Smith explore how this can be challenged through ‘punk’ pedagogy. They use the case study of a high-school choir to demonstrate how their ideas can be put into practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic placed pressure on universities to deliver their courses online. While remote learning platforms had already been gaining popularity, the rapid shift that occurred in the first few months of the pandemic revealed the shortcomings of these platforms. For instance, remote learning platforms are often not inclusive of different types of learners, and many students can struggle to stay motivated. Dr Barrett Caldwell and his team at Purdue University devised a new approach that could help to improve online courses in engineering subjects.
Santa Clara University’s mission is to educate the whole person, instilling competence, compassion, and conscience. Through this approach, students are empowered to excel at their studies, and to use their knowledge and skills to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Based at the University of Macau, the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (SKL-AMSV) conducts cutting-edge microelectronics research. The story of SKL-AMSV is a great example of how to build a world-renowned laboratory from scratch, with limited resources.
Dr Kristin Parent | Bacteriophage Hunting: Searching for the Tiny Viruses That Kill Harmful Bacteria
Shigellosis is an infection of the Shigella bacteria with over 164 million cases each year leading to 1.1 million deaths. The ever-increasing antibiotic resistance of the bacteria means we need alternatives or supplements to existing antibiotics. Dr Kristin Parent from Michigan State University is working on exciting, collaborative projects hunting for bacteriophages to be used in novel therapeutics.
Dr Candice M. Duncan – Dr Evelyn E. Cooper | Improving Agriculture and Geoscience through Educational Initiatives
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland College Park provides exciting student experiences through three innovative programs: AgDiscovery, Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE), and SOARE: Strategic Work in Applied Geosciences (SOARE:SWAG). These educational initiatives aim to build a stronger scientific workforce by inspiring young people from underserved communities to pursue science careers.
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