Live Q&A: How can academics help science reporters get their facts straight?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 12:38

Join us this Friday, 17 April, from 12-2pm BST to discuss the problems scientists encounter when presenting their research to the media

Academics have never been under more pressure to engage with the public and show the impact of their work. But there’s a problem. The media, one of the key channels for communicating with people outside academia, has a reputation for skewing or clumsily confusing scientific reports.

Research findings come with caveats, nuances and technical language – not the kind of stuff you find in the average newspaper headline. A recent Los Angeles Times article “Another reason to drink coffee: It’s good for your heart, study says” is a prime example. Writing for the Forbes website, medical journalist Larry Husten, pointed out that the headline mixes up association and causal effect. There’s an association between moderate coffee drinking and a lower risk of heart disease. We don’t know if coffee actually helps prevent heart attacks.

Related: Is slack science reporting letting down the public?

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The climate crisis: five demands from young voters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 12:27

The Guardian went to the University of Sussex to find out what students think about green issues in the run-up to the election. Our panel was chaired by writer and presenter Rick Edwards

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Primary school places: thousands miss out on first choice school

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 11:55
As 600,000 children learn which primary school they will be attending in September, teaching unions warn of a potential school places "crisis"







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Primary places revealed amid squeeze

BBC - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 11:02
More than half a million families are discovering which primary schools their children will attend, amid a growing places squeeze in parts of England.
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Students target MPs over fees pledge

BBC - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 10:51
The National Union of Students has launched a "payback time" campaign against MPs who broke their 2010 election promise over tuition fees, including leading Liberal Democrats.
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Are you bored with the general election?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 10:05

Young people say they are frustrated with personality-obsessed media coverage and out-of-touch politicians in the run-up to the election

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Primary school national offer day: as it happened

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 08:54
As over half a million infants are allocated primary school places for September, experts are warning of a "crisis" in spaces. Review this morning's coverage







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From drug dealer to sausage celebrity: how one woman turned her life around

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 07:25

Tracy Mackness tells Sharon Wright about going from prisoner to entrepreneur, and how she is helping young people stay on track

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'Primary school places: more must be done to ease alarming pressure on the system'

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 07:00
The primary school system is under huge pressure, says Catherine McGuinness; more collaboration and creative partnerships are needed to cope







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The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School by David Turner – review

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 07:00

An affectionate history of British public schools that fails to address the divisive elitism they represent

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'The peculiar torture of primary school offer day'

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:05
Just as the horrors of sleepless nights and the terrible twos are starting to fade, parents face this worrying wait. Surely there is a better way, says Julie McCulloch







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Primary school offer day: how to appeal a decision

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:00
As thousands of children and parents across England fail to gain a place at their first choice primary school, John Chard talks us through the appeals process







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Thousands of children to miss out on primary school place

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:00
On primary school offer day, one in six children is likely to miss out on their first choice primary school, as experts warn that there are "insufficient places to meet demand"







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Labour: Conservatives have caused primary school place crisis

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:00

As families in England wait to find whether their children can attend their chosen school, Tristram Hunt says up to 100,000 could be in classes bigger than 30

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Parents 'getting friendly with teachers to gain primary school places'

Telegraph - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 05:58
As half a million children in England are allocated primary school places, a new survey says that parents are getting friendly with teachers in an effort to get preferred places







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'Teach children about sex abuse'

BBC - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 01:42
Primary school-aged children in the UK need more education on how to avoid sexual abuse, according to a leading researcher.
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'Supersize' classes for infants triple in five years, while school choice has become narrower

The Independent - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 00:05

More than 100,000 infants are now being taught in “supersize” classes of over 30 pupils amid a growing crisis over school places, according to new figures.









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Sexual abuse education may help kids report offenders, research shows

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 00:01

Study found being taught about sex abuse in primary school more than trebled number of children who told adults they had been abused

Teaching primary school children about sexual abuse may help them to tell an adult if they have been abused themselves, according to the results of comprehensive new research. Using data from 24 separate trials involving almost 6,000 children around the world, researchers found that pupils who are taught at school about preventing sexual abuse through games, books and songs are more likely than others to report their own experiences of abuse.

The findings, which were published on Thursday, show that among children who did not receive any teaching about sexual abuse, four in 1,000 disclosed some form of sex abuse. Among those who were taught about it at school, the figure went up to 14 per 1,000.

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Global Education Reform Movement: We've had The Blob, get ready for The Germ

The Independent - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 00:00

A look at the National Union of Teachers conference, where Philipa Harvey, the NUT's president, argued that Michael Gove's sacking ranks alongside Kennedy's assassination and Labour MP Stephen Twigg's victory over Michael Portillo as moments that linger most in the memory – at least for teachers.









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VIDEO: Do education spending promises add up?

BBC - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 22:49
The biggest Westminster parties have now all set out their plans for funding education in England after the general election.
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