All press releases (education and learning)

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University faculty

Business as usual for top UK Universities

A new report highlighting the impact that university business schools are having on businesses and industry has been released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Edinburgh team launch work on Scottish HE's future

A team of University of Edinburgh researchers is launching a series of events addressing major issues around the funding and future of higher education in Scotland, beginning with a one-day seminar this Wednesday (22 May) in the Scottish capital.

Teaching a child

Help in reading foreign languages

Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language (SFL) more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to help in understanding foreign language forms, reports, contracts and instructions.

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Helping young people discover their own ‘British’ history

Schools can promote social inclusion by helping children to discover a version of British history that acknowledges how people from a range of ethnic backgrounds have contributed to contemporary British society, according to new research.

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Family literacy project exceeds expectations

A unique approach to early literacy work with families where children develop their language skills and their ability to read and write from an early age has had a huge success.

Abacus

Better student preparation needed for university maths

Schools and college maths courses are paying little attention to preparing students to use maths in other areas of study according to a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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East meets West: research transcending borders

Researchers from the UK and Hong Kong will be researching themes that arise in our everyday lives including parenting styles, education and management practices as well as global issues including sustainability and migration.

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Digital revolution bypassing UK education

Teaching and learning in the 21st century needs to be 'turbo-charged' by educational technology rather than using technologies designed for other purposes, according to a new TEL report.

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Not all today’s students are 'tech-savvy'

A small minority of today's university students don't use email and others are confused by the array of technologies available at universities. Yet many students couldn’t bear to be without their mobile phones and find themselves distracted by social networking sites during study.

School girls

Raising the school leaving – while learning from another age

In April 1947 the Labour Government raised the school leaving age from 14 to 15. It was raised to 16 in 1972. As the UK prepares to raise the 'education participation age' to 17 in 2013 and to 18 in 2015, new research reveals that the 1947 and 1972 transitions met with more controversy and difficulty than previously thought.

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Young people face double penalty in a slow job market

New research from Understanding Society, a study of more than 40,000 UK households, has examined what is driving this uneven employment pattern and finds that young people suffer from a ‘double-penalty’ in their attempts to find and keep a job.

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Supporting primary children’s understanding of physics

New software has significant benefits for primary school children and their understanding of elementary physics, research shows. Studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) focused on what primary school children know when they begin studying physics, and how much they still have to learn. The studies looked at how much children understand about the movement of objects such as direction and speed.

Virtual World

Avatars develop real world skills

New research suggests that far from disengaging young people from real life, virtual worlds can provide unique environments that can help them learn and negotiate new situations.

African school kids

School-in-a-bag reduces drop-out rates

A more flexible approach to teaching methods and better community support could reduce school drop-out in high HIV-prevalence areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

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New software brings science to life for young people

Researchers funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have developed a software toolkit that shows how such an approach sparks and sustains students’ interest in science.

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ESRC-funded projects mean business

The ESRC is pleased to announce that it is supporting five new projects in partnership with business which will continue to apply academic knowledge and thinking to business problems.

Methods madness hits Oxford

Science is not all about people in white lab coats blowing things up. Social science research gives a different picture. Social Science can answer questions on large issues facing society such as understanding factors affecting voting behaviour, how labour markets work and how effective schools are in educating our children.

Rising inequality in the UK undermines mobility and social cohesion

New research, presented at a major international conference in London, demonstrates how inequality in education, skills and incomes reduces opportunity and undermines social cohesion. In education, for example, the social and ability mix of the school has a major impact on how well a child performs.

Hearing is not all down to your ears

A fascinating event looking at sign language research is to be held at University College London on 20 March as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (21-21 March).

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