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School and education

Nerd camp with hands-on science

Some Norwegian pre-teen children spend a week of their summer holiday to learn more about maths and science. Their instructors hope what they mostly learn is that science is fun.

Third-graders write faster on tablets

A study conducted in two Norwegian primary schools shows that children write considerably faster on computer tablets than on paper.

Education researcher points the way to good schools

Many people ask how schools can be improved. A Norwegian researcher says that a positive learning environment makes all the difference.

Girls are better than boys are at regulating their own behaviour

Girls with wealthy and highly educated parents score the highest on self-regulation tests. Researchers believe boys and girls may be given unequal attention - both by parents and day care staff.

- Schools depend on strong leadership

There are virtually no examples of schools that have been able to change a negative development without strong leadership, says Tonje Constance Oterkiil, university lector at the Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education.

All boys are not poor school achievers, and all girls are not smart pupils

According to a new doctoral thesis, the answer to why pupils perform differently in school is not found by looking at girls and boys as separate groups.

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.