Social Sciences / Education

Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants

Researchers object to powerful lawmaker's bill that would require NSF to stipulate how each award relates to "national interest."

Debate escalates over Twitter remarks by Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor at Wisconsin-Madison

First Republicans, and then faculty leaders, have questioned tweets of Wisconsin's Sara Goldrick-Rab, particularly in seemingly discouraging admitted students from enrolling. Her supporters call her courageous and say her defense of academic freedom has made her a target.

Army shuts down controversial Human Terrain System, criticized by many anthropologists

U.S. Army quietly shuts down Human Terrain System, which placed anthropologists and other scholars with military units in Iraq and Afghanistan and set off huge debate over scholarly ethics.

Survey examines higher education backgrounds of leaders worldwide

New global survey of those in positions of influence finds that 44 percent have a degree in social sciences. Another 11 percent studied humanities.

Duke professor's comments on black students anger many

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After a week of debate over a Boston U professor's generalizations about white students, anger grows over what a Duke professor wrote about black students' names, dating and more.

Professor at center of debate over her tweet on white male students expresses regret

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Professor whose comment on white male students set off viral debate wishes her statements had "nuance and complexity" and pledges "inclusive learning environment."

Study analyzes when women win teaching awards in political science

Study finds that women in political science are likelier than men to be honored for teaching. But does this help them get ahead?

Almost no education research is replicated, new article shows

New analysis finds that education researchers, unlike scholars in many other disciplines, don't check one another's work.

 

#MassiveTeaching mystery captivates, confuses

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A social experiment gone wrong? A protest against Facebook? Performance art? Twitter sleuths attempt to figure out why a Coursera MOOC derailed after one week. UPDATE: The professor speaks.

House passes NSF funding bill that takes slap at social sciences

U.S. House passes funding bill that would increase overall support for NSF, but send a message of disdain for some social science research.

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