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School as a manufacturing process

Over most of this century, school has been conceived as a manufacturing process in which raw materials (youngsters) are operated upon by the educational process (machinery), some for a longer period than others, and turned into finished products. Youngsters learn … Continue reading

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Thomas Kuhn on the role of textbooks in science education

The single most striking feature of this [science] education is that, to an extent wholly unknown in other fields, it is conducted entirely through textbooks. Typically, undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, or biology acquire the substance … Continue reading

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On not learning or con in the context

We will, we will, fail you by testing what you do not know… We live in a rather strange world. Or is it that we assume the world to be non-strange in a normative way, but the descriptive world has … Continue reading

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The Textbook League

I came across this site while reading an article, there are interesting reviews of textbooks used in schools. And some of these reviews are gory, splitting out the blood and guts of the textbooks and their inaneness. Hopefully, many people … Continue reading

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Uberization of Education

An Uberized education is when… An Uberized education is when – as in antiquity – one goes to a specific teacher to get lectures, bypassing the university. The students and the teachers are thus matched. If a piece of paper … Continue reading

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Implicit cognition in the visual mode

Images become iconified, with the image representing an object or phenomena, but this happens by enculturation rather by training. An example to elaborate this notion is the painting Treachery of Images by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The painting is also … Continue reading

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The True Purpose Of Graphic Display – J. W. Tukey

John Wilder Tukey, one of the greatest Statistician of the last century points to what the purpose of a graphic display should be:  Graphics are for the qualitative/descriptive – conceivably the semi quantitative – never for the carefully quantitative (tables … Continue reading

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Reflections on Liping Ma’s Work

Liping Ma’s book Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics has been very influential in Mathematics Education circles. This is a short summary of the book and my reflections on it. Introduction Liping Ma in her work  compares the teaching of mathematics … Continue reading

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Millions of Computers for Millions of Children

Yesterday ( it should be now read “a couple of years back”)while giving a talk, I was asked this rhetorical question (not verbatim, but close): “What did you say was the sample size of your study?” “Two. This was a … Continue reading

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Politics Science Education or Science Education Politics or Science Politics Education

I am rather not sure what should be the exact title of this post. Apart from the two options above it could have been any other combination of these three words. Because I would be talking about all three of … Continue reading

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