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Mobile phone ban in school does not work

13 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Since the first of August 2022, using mobile phones for other purposes than educational is forbidden in the classroom. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that the law is problematic. The pupils need the mobile phones in their schoolwork and they manage to find ways to bring the phones into the classroom […]

Foreign aid to Ukraine: Lessons from the literature on strategic foreign aid

27 September, 2022 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Ukraine is currently receiving substantial inflows of foreign aid from western donors to help the country withstand the Russian aggression. The foreign aid flows partly reflect altruistic motives from the donor side, but also donor’s domestic strategic foreign policy objectives as the war is seen as part of a battle over the future world order. In this brief, Anders Olofsgård, discuss the academic literature that has analysed the existence and consequences of strategic motivations behind aid flows more generally, and draw some preliminary insights for the case of Ukraine.

Results in TIMSS linked with earlier studies in maths and science

27 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

For the first time has all data of grade eight students or equivalent of earlier international large-scale assessments in mathematics and science been linked and scaled to the series of TIMSS. This means that we now have comparable data for grade-eight mathematics and science since the 1960s. International large-scale assessments have been increasingly important for […]

Only in Sweden primary school remained open

28 September, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

The social value of schools, shortcomings with distance learning and the need to be prepared for future pandemics. That is a few lessons learned in the wake of the school closures, shows an analysis of the political discussion in eight European countries among which only Sweden closed primary school. A group of researchers at the […]

Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties

10 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Children with reading and writing difficulties who are presented with text on screens with flickering white noise both read better and remember what they have read better, according to a Swedish-Norwegian study. Previous studies have shown that children with attention difficulties and/or ADHD solve cognitive tasks better when they are exposed to auditory white noise. […]

Carolina Klüft new honorary doctor at Sahlgrenska Academy

8 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Former athlete Carolina Klüft has been appointed an honorary doctor of medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Her work, inspiring people to adopt an active lifestyle, strengthens the Academy’s research focus on preventing ill health through physical activity. As a champion heptathlete Carolina Klüft, born 1983, is one of the all-time greats. Since moving […]

Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism

23 February, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg shows that these children can develop speech, gestures and a sense of rhythm and melody by listening to various speech sounds.