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School and education

Math teachers need to understand how pupils think

In order to improve the teaching of mathematics, it is essential that teachers understand how the pupils think when they solve a problem. Insights from research can help.

Using Lego to learn about machines

Building sets and toys help pupils taking vocational programmes about technological and industrial processes. Pupils can now simulate entire production plants with the help of Lego.

Still text-based in the classroom

Text is still the dominant feature in primary school teaching, while visual media are less utilised, according to a Swedish study.

Lost faith in democracy? Blame the teacher!

Students who feel they are treated unfairly by their teachers lose faith in democracy, according to Swedish findings.

Headmaster can halt bullying

Bullying is less of a problem in schools with principals or headmasters who have the confidence of their pupils and teachers. The head of the school can set the standard for acceptable behaviour.

Education to fight the postnatal death rates in Uganda

"Postnatal death rates are far too high, both for babies and mothers," says Olive Norah Nabacwa. She wants to help raise the standard of the nursing profession and midwifery practices in Uganda.

Aim to improve the educational system in Uganda

"Uganda has an urgent need for qualified workers to generate development and growth. This means that our entire education system has to become more practically orientated," says Ugandan lecturer.

Norwegian students prefer English-speaking countries

Great Britain and the US are on top of the list for most Norwegians who want to study abroad. While expert urges them go places where they can learn German or French.

Less time for meal breaks

Fewer and fewer pupils in Norwegian schools are given the 20-minute meal break recommended by the government.

More years of education mean a better memory in old age

Public education reforms implemented decades ago are providing new insights. Each additional year of schooling can give mental benefits towards the end of life.

Scientists want to make liquid manure smell a bit better

Ammonia causes the disgusting smell of urine in liquid manure from pigs and cattle. Scientists are not far from finding a way of stopping the formation of ammonia, although, this will not entirely remove the smell.