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Educational Sciences

Research on medical abortion and miscarriage may change international routines

27 March, 2015 - Karolinska Institutet

Two scientific studies led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of miscarriages and medical abortions ― recommendations that may also lead to a change in clinical practice in Sweden. One of the studies, both of which are being published in the journal The Lancet, shows that it is possible to replace the clinical follow-up examinations recommended today with medical abortions that include a home pregnancy test. The other study shows that midwives can safely and effectively treat failed abortions and miscarriages in rural districts of Uganda.

Uppsala seminar to strengthen education for a sustainable planet

28 April, 2014 - Uppsala universitet

125 researchers, policymakers, teachers and educators are invited to join the seminar: ”ESD – Call for Action” on 3 June 2014 at Blåsenhus, Uppsala University to discuss and formulate recommendations to reinforce and strengthen education for sustainable development (ESD) in Sweden and abroad.

Swedish medical university offers world class MOOCs

10 February, 2014 - Karolinska Institutet

One of the world’s leading medical universities, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, now offers online MOOCs (massive open online courses). This gives hundreds of thousands of students worldwide access to the university’s leading edge expertise.

Complex activity patterns emerge from simple underlying laws

28 June, 2013 - Uppsala universitet

A new study from researchers at Uppsala University and University of Havana uses mathematic modeling and experiments on ants to show that a group is capable of developing flexible resource management strategies and characteristic responses of its own. The results are now published in Physical Review Letters.

More private schools improves all students’ outcomes

18 December, 2012 - Institutet för arbetsmarknads- och utbildningspolitisk utvärdering

The growing proportion of compulsory school students attending private schools has led to higher test scores and grades in 9th grade. This applies to students at both private schools and public schools. The effects persist in upper secondary school and higher education. This is shown in a new report.

Psychological testing may predict success in football

5 April, 2012 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE 5 April 2012] Measuring what are known as ‘executive functions’, which reflect the cognitive ability to deal with sudden problems, may make it possible to predict how good an elite football player will become in the future. This has been shown by a new study from Karolinska Institutet. Scientists believe for the first time that they have found the scientific key to what has previously been described as ‘game intelligence’ in successful football players.

The importance of clarifying language in mathematics education

11 March, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

The way in which teachers and textbooks use language and different metaphors in mathematics education determines how pupils develop their number sense.
This is shown in a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.

Consistent picture of the ideal teacher and the ideal pupil in school policy documents

3 March, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

A thesis from the University of Gothenburg on school policy documents shows that the ideal pupil and the ideal teacher are supposed to be naturally curious and have an inherent will to learn as a means of increasing Sweden’s economic competitiveness. “The argument that education should contribute to democracy or solidarity has taken a back seat,” says author Lena Sjöberg.

Hard for the catering sector to be environmentally sustainable

18 February, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

Purchasers and procurers in the catering sector are experiencing conflicting messages from the authorities – increasing the proportion of organic products they use, as instructed, clashes with their need to keep within budget and be financially sustainable, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.

The gap between steering documents and teaching democracy in South Africa

14 December, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

A thesis presented at the University of Gothenburg uses the example of South Africa to show how teaching and education in democracy-related subjects work.
The results show that the good democratic intentions of steering documents do not always work in practice.