IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Science Knowledge Quiz

How do you rate yourself in terms of your general knowledge of science? Compared to other people, do you think you are below average, about average, or above average?

The Pew Research Center developed a list of a dozen multiple-choice science questions and used them with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults. The adults were surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 (Pew Research Center, 2015).

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Quality of Life: Working Toward a Better Future

The Winter Solstice has just passed, and the days are getting longer on the Oregon coast where I live. I wish the best for all of my readers during the coming years. Rather than just saying, “I wish you a Happy New Year,” I am instead broadening this wish so that it applies to a much larger audience and a longer time period. I wish an improving Quality of Life (QoL) to all creatures on earth for which such a wish might be appropriate.

I think about QoL in a rather broad manner. Thus, I am concerned with:

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Scholarship and Science of Teaching and Learning

This Information Age Education Blog entry provides a brief overview of the document, Scholarship/Science of Teaching and Learning, recently added to the IAE-pedia (Moursund, 10/31/2012).

It is my contention that all of us, whether we teach for a living or not, are routinely engaged in the scholarship/science of teaching and learning. Through study, reflection, and practice we become better in these endeavors.  

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World Problems Identified by B.F. Skinner in 1971

A few days ago I was browsing in a used bookstore. Tens of thousands of books! An overwhelming wealth of good things to read. So many books, so little time.

I happened to glance at a $2 paperback:

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Deadly Engineering and Construction Mistakes

How good should a student be at paper and pencil arithmetic and at mental arithmetic in order to move from elementary school into middle school or junior high school? What part of that competence should we expect of the students at the time he or she is graduating from high school?

In math, as well as in other academic areas of study, critics of our educational system like to cite examples of students who don't perform as well as might be expected. Adults draw on various parts of their formal and informal education and schooling. In doing so, they make mistakes from time to time. Some are much better at sensing or finding their errors, and then correcting them. In other cases, errors have few or no consequences. For example, an adult who says, "Lincoln freed the slaves and that started the Civil War," has made an incorrect statement. It may irritate some of the people hearing the incorrect statement, or it may not draw their attention.

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