#research: How today’s college students use wikipedia for course-related research

#research: How today’s college students use wikipedia for course-related research This study investigated how and why college students use Wikipedia within the context of using other resources for course–related research. In particular, we investigated how Wikipedia fits into information–seeking strategies students employ for fulfilling course–related research assignments. Overall, we found: Students’ driving need for background context makes Wikipedia one of […]

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#todayin: academia (and sexism): STEM culture bars women’s success – @lip_mag

For some time now, women have been statistically underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This trend is particularly troubling, as STEM fields are aching for qualified workers. The cyber security industry, as an example, is a field that has grown to be particularly important in today’s technological age, yet a mere 11% of women have chosen […]

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#todayin: academia (and sexism): #research: STEM culture bars women’s success – @lip_mag

For some time now, women have been statistically underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This trend is particularly troubling, as STEM fields are aching for qualified workers. The cyber security industry, as an example, is a field that has grown to be particularly important in today’s technological age, yet a mere 11% of women have chosen […]

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#vivelafeminism: “No matter what machines do to you:” Navigating anti-blackness in academic institutions – @thefeministwire

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Image: Gloria Richardson pushing away a national guard bayonet in Cambridge Maryland in 1963. From: EMERGING FEMINISMS, “No Matter What Machines Do To You:” Navigating Anti-Blackness in Academic Institutions (thefeministwire) : It came as no surprise to me when, like robots, we were expected to show up to work the day Mike Brown was murdered, and like a robot I […]

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#vivelafeminism: Resignation is a feminist issue

To live a feminist life is to be a feminist at work. Until I resigned, my own working life had been based in universities: I was a student for around 10 years and I have been an academic for over 20 years. So much of what know is shaped by where I have been located. I carry the university with […]

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#todayin: *smh* University isn’t for men? @jembloomfield

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quiteirregular (Jem Bloomfield) nails it once again. I missed the THE piece the first time around (praise the gods). Women and feminists are not holding men back at university back (jaysus!) but their belief in (toxic) masculinity is. Attempts to combat violent misogyny in British universities are putting men off going to uni. That’s the basic message of an article […]

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#picturethis: “I’ve named her Scholastica”

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Intro: In Tanzania, girls are traditionally married off before they are 18. In childbirth, they routinely lack access to lifesaving cesareans and medical treatment. Despite this, young women are daring to dream for more. – @hackneydoula and @jaydabli for @broadly: “I named her Scholastica" (emphasis added): Eva Paulo wanted to be a tailor when she grew up. When I meet […]

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#research: student evaluations are better and predicting gender bias and grade expectations (from @insidehighered)

The latter we’ve all known for a long time. The former is repeatedly confirmed in research. Certainly something to remember for the new “TEF”. From insidehighered: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

The piece below (from Laura Bates on the Guardian) shows a few examples of the everyday sexism that feeds into children’s education – “One [parent] referenced their son’s physics homework, which used examples of men pushing vans, lifting weights, climbing trees and shooting arrows. The sole female example was a woman pushing a pram. […] Numerous questions involved men doing […]

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#research: Science. FOR GIRLS!

Science. FOR GIRLS! Actually pretty funny. From bitchmagazine: When I got a copy of Megan Amram’s new book Science… for Her!, I decided to run a little experiment. I host a weekly science night at my house and before my friends arrived, I placed Science… for Her! prominently on the kitchen counter. Then, I didn’t mention it to anyone. When […]

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#research: Children learn sexism at school – so that’s where we should begin to fight it

On theguardian: High-profile cases in Rochdale and recent reports into gangs suggest that the sort of girls who are harrassed and abused are weak and friendless, girls whose chaotic homes lives leave them vulnerable. Yet, while law-abiding parents are reading these stories as if they are missives from Mars, harassment and sexism has become an everyday reality for their daughters. […]

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#research: Freelance, part-time or fixed-term: is this the future of academic careers?

It seems one of the casualties of higher education reform, and the austere times that pre-empted it, has been working conditions for academics. Writing for Vitae, Rob Hardwick says: “In a culture that accepts and permits unpaid research work and demands outstanding publications, and in a climate of ever tightening research budgets, how long will it be until voluntary postdoctoral […]

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#research: What’s the Matter With Creationism?

Do you know what the worst thing about the recent Gallup poll on evolution is? It isn’t that 46 percent of respondents are creationists (“God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last ten thousand years or so”). Or that 32 percent believe in “theistic evolution” (“Human beings have developed over millions of […]

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NO SEX PLEASE; WE’RE BRITISH. AND WE’RE CALLED DAVE.

Research: Sexualisation of little girls linked with negative body image

Below is an excellent and interesting critique of the recent announcement by Dave (Cameron) et al that said that we need to halt the over-sexualisation of our young girls. Dave et al are backing several proposals (from a Christian organisation, it’s worth noting) that aim to protect children from sexual imagery (e.g., by selling top shelf magazines in brown sleeves). […]

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