Making science stick Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
England is having trouble training, recruiting and retaining enough teachers for its growing student population. Data show that schools are having difficulties hiring enough maths and science teachers, in particular.
Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.
Family income may affect students' financial literacy, according to recently released results from the latest Programme for International Student Assessment for financial literacy. Data show test-takers from higher-income families had more knowledge about financial concepts than peers from less-affluent families.
Young students may get an academic boost from using iPads to learn, according to a two-year study of primary and nursery-school students in Northern Ireland. The study reveals a boost in engagement and motivation, plus improvements in English, maths and communication skills.
In Vietnam, some students opt to learn the English language -- rather than Mandarin Chinese. Education Minister Phung Xuan Nha says the country is working to improve the quality of its English teachers.
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