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Educational Sciences

Fast food and sweets advertised when children watch television

14 December, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

Children in Sweden are exposed to a huge number of TV advertisements. Food adverts – primarily for fast food and sweets – dominate the advertisements shown during children’s viewing times. Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that Sweden is no different from other countries when it comes to the number of adverts that children are exposed to. The results were presented recently in an article by 13 research groups in different countries in the American Journal of Public Health.

Rationalisation measures are the main cause of poor work environment

14 December, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

Managers in the private and public sectors must consider work environment when rationalising production to obtain sustainable systems.
A research study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics reveals that rationalisation measures often have a major negative impact on both the physical and psychosocial work environment.
“However, the review also presents scientific evidence on how to reduce this problem,” says one of the researchers, Professor Jørgen Winkel at the Department of Work Science at the University of Gothenburg.

Exclusions and Power Structures in the Wake of an Open Higher Education System

14 December, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

In recent decades, Swedish universities and university colleges have become the target of a range of reforms under the banner of openness and flexibility.
But a thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that the good intentions of creating a more democratic, broader and effective higher education system also affect individuals, institutions and higher education systems and create power structures.

Better student performance with peer learning

18 October, 2010 - Lunds universitet

Engineering students with average grades from upper secondary school can manage difficult courses just as well as students with high grades. At least, if a group of them meet an older student once a week during the first semester to discuss and solve maths problems and other difficult exercises from their courses. This is shown by a new evaluation from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University of the ‘peer learning’ sessions, or SI (supplemental instruction), as the method is also known.

Online games as social meeting places

12 October, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

In The World as a game board – boundary crossing in online games, researchers Jonas Linderoth and Camilla Olsson at the University of Gothenburg analyse the culture of online games and the boundary-crossing community associated with the activity.
The report looks at meetings with other cultures, development of language skills and players who travel to meet up with other players. But it also deals with culture clashes, exclusion and sexualisation.

Have you ever seen a pink Batman?

20 September, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

Whether you’re a boy or a girl doesn’t really matter when it comes to being allowed to join in – what really counts is your haircut, clothes and gender markers, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg that examines how gender is created during everyday life at preschool. The study also shows that stereotypical perceptions about gender are allowed to steer the planning of preschool activities.

Early childhood education important for sustainable development

18 August, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

Early childhood education can play a key role in relation to change when the world fails to adopt a sustainable approach economically, ecologically and socially.
This was highlighted at the World Congress “Children, citizens in a challenged world”, which was hosted by the University of Gothenburg.
In a statement, the congress urges governments around the world to protect children’s right to a childhood.

Public participation – a key to sustainable urban planning

30 June, 2010 - Formas

Are people passive consumers of urbanity or creative re-shapers of cities? In order to answer this question we need to bring in a humanistic approach to sustainable urban planning. The EXPO 2010 workshop When People Matter is an attempt to discuss issues of public participation in the planning process as a driving force for sustainable urban development.

High marks for sustainable development research institute

28 June, 2010 - Formas

Research at SEI, the Stockholm Environment Institute, is of consistently high scientific quality, but SEI must get better at marketing its research and itself. The Institute also needs to develop its co-operation with the private sector. These are the findings of the international panel of experts which Formas has engaged for the governmental remit of evaluating SEI’s research.