A discovery by a team of researchers led by UMass Lowell nuclear physicists could change how atoms are understood by scientists and help explain extreme phenomena in outer space.
Dropping Mentos® candies into a bottle of soda causes a foamy jet to erupt. Although science fair exhibitors can tell you that this geyser results from rapid degassing of the beverage induced by the candies, the precise means by which bubbles form hasn't been well characterized. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Chemical Education used experiments in the lab and at various altitudes to probe the mechanism of bubble nucleation.
New research by NYU Steinhardt's Assistant Professor Luis A. Rodriguez finds that statewide K-12 teacher evaluation systems have proven to phase out lower performing teachers and retain more effective teachers for longer periods of time -- particularly in urban districts and low-performing schools.
US school districts may be flagged as over-identifying students of color as having disabilities when other factors, such as achievement gaps, may explain these disparities, according to new Penn State research.
Information that is interesting but irrelevant, or 'seductive details', can be detrimental to learning, according to a meta-analysis of 58 studies by Washington State University researchers. The analysis found that those who learned with seductive details performed lower on learning outcome measures than those who learned without the extraneous information.
The best way to engage with children in museums is to listen to them, watch what they are doing, and offer explanations as the child is beginning to explore an exhibit--not before or after.
Role models are important for aspiring scientists, but new research suggests that scientists who are known for their hard work -- like Thomas Edison -- are more motivating than scientists who are viewed as naturally brilliant, like Albert Einstein.
A new study from the University of Washington shows that switching from passive teaching techniques, such as lectures, to inquiry-based 'active learning' methods in undergraduate STEM courses has a disproportionate benefit for underrepresented students, a term encompassing low-income students and Latinx, African-American, Native-American, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. The achievement gap between overrepresented and underrepresented students narrowed on exam scores by 33% and course passing rates by 45%.
At a time when there's been a sharp uptick in partisan critiques of the credibility of the news media and growing concern among educators about student media literacy, a new study finds a strong connection between high school social studies teachers' political ideology and how credible they find various mainstream news outlets.
Geologists from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have come up with an original explanation of how nature may produce an intriguing class of magmatic rocks that are made up of only one type of mineral.