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Advice squad

Faculty of Education News
Thursday 20 January
When COVID-19 first forced the country into lockdown, Gav Topley, a research student at the Faculty whose work examines the challenges facing young men from lower-income settings, became concerned about the impact on mental health. He decided to found Lads’ Advice: an online peer support group where men can share problems in a safe, encouraging space. Two years on, it has transformed life for many of its 5,000 members.

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Evaluations of simulation-based training to develop soft skills in healthcare feature ‘significant gaps’

Faculty of Education News
Wednesday 12 January
Newly-published evidence suggests that the simulation-based learning interventions on which trainee healthcare professionals often rely to develop important, non-technical skills are being inadequately evaluated before they are potentially put to use.

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Learning through ‘guided’ play can be as effective as direct instruction up to at least age eight

PEDAL Festival of Ideas event
Wednesday 12 January

Teaching younger children through ‘guided’ play can support key aspects of their learning and development at least as well, and sometimes better, than traditional, direct instruction, according to a new analysis.

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Together we can do it

Faculty of Education News
Tuesday 11 January
After receiving an OBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to international girls' education, Professor Pauline Rose discusses recent progress in research on global education for women and girls - and why now, more than ever, this is a field that deserves wider attention and recognition.

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Hologram patients to help train future doctors and nurses

Students doing holographic training
Monday 10 January
Health professionals of the future could soon be training on holograms of patients, as a result of a new partnership involving the Faculty of Education.

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Professor Pauline Rose receives OBE for Services to International Girls’ Education

Pauline Rose
Saturday 1 January
Professor Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education and Director of the  Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education, has received the OBE in the 2022 New Year's Honours List for Services to International Girls’ Education.

Professor Rose said: “I’m truly honoured and genuinely surprised to receive an OBE for services to international girls’ education. Thanks to all who’ve worked with me, supported and challenged me over the years. I look forward to continued collaboration on evidence to improve quality education for all.”

Further information about New Year's Honours awarded to staff associated with the University of Cambridge is available on the university news pages.

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Citizens in the making

Pupils at Mahatma Gandhi International School
Friday 17 December
A new ethnographic analysis of some of India’s most successful schools shows how their focus on cultivating ‘active harmony’, rather than traditional academic goals, may provide a template for the elusive challenge of teaching ‘citizenship’.


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New centre to foster global conversations about ethical issues raised by science

Team
Thursday 9 December
The University of Cambridge is announcing the launch of a new research centre, the Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science, and the Public, based at the Faculty of Education, to engage publics and scientists with the ethical implications of scientific discovery and its impact on society.

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Universities under attack?

Protest in Turkey
Thursday 9 December
Researchers have launched a three-year, international study which aims to examine political and economic pressures that are changing the fundamental role and character of universities globally, particularly in relation to their mission to serve a wider ‘public good’ and to reduce societal conflict.

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Sculpture of Paulo Freire installed as symbol of resistance to attacks on education

Paulo Freire sculpture
Friday 26 November
The University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education has become the first institution outside Brazil to install one of a series of iconic sculptures of Paulo Freire: a giant of educational thought whose ideas are under attack from the country’s Government.

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Private education in lower-income countries is having limited impact on learning

Children in rural India
Monday 22 November
A rapid increase in the number of private schools in lower-income parts of the world is having surprisingly little effect – and in certain cases perhaps no real impact at all – on learning, researchers have found.

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Students who self-identify as multilingual perform better at GCSE

Books
Thursday 11 November
Young people who consider themselves ‘multilingual’ tend to perform better across a wide range of subjects at school, regardless of whether they are actually fluent in another language, new research shows.

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“It’s almost as if they don’t exist”: Education policy failing to account for learners with PMLD

PMLD learner and teacher
Tuesday 9 November
The policy framework that supposedly guides education for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) is setting expectations and goals which are often completely at odds with their capabilities and lives, a study says.

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Social media is reshaping universities’ value systems in a scramble for likes and shares

People on phones
Thursday 4 November
Universities’ value judgements about research are becoming ‘coupled’ to social media platforms as they compete for funding by demonstrating their influence beyond academia, an analysis suggests.


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Jewish autistic pupils thrive as bilingual learners, after communities reject advice “not to teach Hebrew”

Child's hand on Hebrew text
Thursday 28 October
Parents and teachers of Jewish autistic children say they frequently have to disregard outdated professional advice not to teach them Hebrew – a recommendation they describe as “stealing” their cultural identity.

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Paulo Freire 100: Fortnight of free events celebrating founding figure in critical pedagogy

Freire
Friday 22 October
The legacy of Paulo Freire – a pivotal, transformative figure in global education whose centenary falls this year – is being celebrated in a series of free events at the University of Cambridge starting on 1 November.

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New research initiative to influence global policy and funding priorities to support girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa

Sophia (right), a CAMFED Learner Guide, with secondary student Hanipha, who she supports at school.
Wednesday 13 October
CAMFED (the Campaign for Female Education) and the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, have announced a new partnership to examine how community-led interventions that target the needs of the most marginalised children can be scaled through education systems in Tanzania and in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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