Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Pop-quizzes and pedagogy

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

A study from Washington University in St. Louis finds that

quizzes — given early and often — may be a student’s best friend when it comes to understanding and retaining information for the long haul

Say, that gives me an idea…

Best science headline ever

Monday, February 20th, 2006

From New Scientist: Hand waving boosts mathematics learning.

So don’t complain when I do it in class: it’s a pedagogical technique.

On a more serious note, blame computers for this one: Mathematical proofs getting harder to verify:

“Twenty-five years later we’re still not sure if it’s correct or not. We sort of think it is, but no one’s ever written down the complete proof”