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Friday Nov 28

Education

Getting Schooled

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:49

Hispanics outpace fellow minorities in higher education enrollment.

For the first time ever, Hispanics are the largest minority group attending U.S. four-year colleges and universities, say Pew findings examining higher education enrollment and demographic cohorts. Also for the first time, Hispanics comprise one-quarter (25.2 percent) of 18- to 24-year-old students in two-year colleges. At first glance, these findings seem surprising, says Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, PhD, LCSW, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Salem State University (SSU).

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Damning with False Praise

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:49

Are teachers asking too little of minority students to help them excel?

Black and Latino students who are overpraised and undercriticized for their work may be victims of a “positive bias” that could hinder their ability to achieve, says research from Rutgers University at Newark. Teachers demonstrated positive bias toward minority students when they were presented with a poorly-written essay—actually written by the research team—and were told that the student who had written it was either black, Latino, or white. Teachers were also told that the student would receive their comments and feedback directly.

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Male Shortage

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:49

Male scarcity at university affects female career and family goals.

Expert Q&A

As the number of available men decreases, the number of females pursuing higher education and a lucrative career path increases, says research from the University of Texas at Austin (UTSA) and the University of Minnesota (UM) has found. Researcher Kristina Durante, PhD, assistant professor of marketing at UTSA and study coauthor Vlad Griskevicius, assistant professor of marketing at UM, examined the mating, educational, and career habits of college students. Durante kindly answered some questions, exclusively for demodirt.com, about this fascinating finding.

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Institutes of Tired Education?

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:49

As economy lags and student debts increase, some wonder if traditional higher education will be obsolete. 

As student loan debts pile up, overqualified graduates find themselves in low-paying—or no-paying—situations, and Americans begin to question the value of a college degree, students and parents are wondering if going to university is indeed the sole path to success. With more online universities cropping up on the Internet, and vocational schools gaining popularity, perhaps the answer lies in a more diverse range of acceptable choices than ever before.

 

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Don’t Know Much…But I Know I Love News

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:49

Despite ubiquitious media, Americans are no more informed than they were 20 years ago.

 

Despite modern-day technological developments in news media, Americans are no more informed about news and the world around them than they were 20 years ago.

 

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that despite ubiquitous Internet news headlines and 24 hour cable channels, there has been little effect on the level of knowledge Americans demonstrate regarding domestic and international affairs.

 

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