Social Sciences News

How citizen science transforms passive learners into engaged scientists

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:06
Third-grader Jessica was quiet in group discussions and did not see herself as a strong science student. But after an eight-week unit in school where she was able to read, write about, collect data on and even draw and photograph ladybugs for a project, she began to see herself as scientist in her own right—explaining the life stages and lifestyles of ladybugs to grownups with conviction.

Students taught by highly qualified teachers more likely to obtain bachelor's degree

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:32
Previous research has shown that teachers play a pivotal role in their students' academic success—or lack thereof. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has found that high school students taught by a string of teachers who majored or minored in a specific teaching subject, instead of a general teaching degree, are more likely to become college graduates. The researcher says that schools can use this new knowledge to find new ways to increase their number of highly qualified teachers and make student success a collective effort.

Seduction: An industry selling men and women short

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:17
An industry training men in the art of seduction—estimated to be worth $100 million USD—encourages its clients to treat women and themselves as commodities in a sexual marketplace, a new study has found.

Welfare conditionality is ineffective, authors of major study say

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:59
Welfare conditionality within the social security system is largely ineffective and in some cases pushes people into poverty and crime, a major study led by the University of York has found.

Ethnically mixed schools better for social cohesion, says new study of teenagers' attitudes

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:11
Pupils from schools with greater ethnic diversity have more positive feelings towards pupils of different ethnicities, according to a new study of attitudes in English secondary schools from the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Why are the elderly increasingly more inclined to live alone?

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:58
For decades, the elderly in Spain have shown a preference for living at home, either alone or with their partners, instead of sharing a home with relatives of other generations. A study by the University of Granada delves into the reasons for this trend.

Children understand plant-animal interdependence by the age of eight

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:54
When do children start to become aware of the relationship between animal and plant life? According to a study by the UPV/EHU, they begin to associate animals and plants with each other spontaneously in their drawings by the age of eight. The UPV/EHU researchers José Domingo Villarroel, Álvaro Antón, Teresa Nuño and Daniel Zuazagoitia are the authors of this work, published in the scientific journal Sustainability.

Friends influence middle schoolers' attitudes toward peers of different ethnicities, races

Social Sciences News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:46
The United States is increasingly diverse ethnically and racially. Studies have shown that for young people, simply being around peers from different ethnic and racial backgrounds may not be enough to improve attitudes toward and relationships with other groups. Instead, children and adolescents also need to value spending time and forming relationships with peers from diverse groups. A new study examined how friends in middle school affect each other's attitudes about interacting with peers of different ethnicities and races, finding that they influence each other's racial and ethnic views significantly.

Led a privileged working life? Then you're likely to have a pretty good third age

Social Sciences News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:49
A new language is emerging to describe those who would have traditionally been called retired but are increasingly engaging in other forms of activity in later life. New terms for this phase of life include the third age, the encore stage and unretirement. But while some commentators predict a rosy picture of new found freedoms, others focus on problems caused by financial difficulties.

Disenfranchisement study impacts new voting rights laws

Social Sciences News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:10
In March of this year, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed the Washington Voting Rights Act into law. The state's Voting Rights Act says that a jurisdiction is in violation of the law "…where there is a significant risk members of a protected class do not have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice as a result of dilution or abridgement of their rights."

Growing wealth gap between families with children and seniors

Social Sciences News - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 13:43
The wealth gap between households of seniors and those with children has ballooned since 1989, a new study finds.

NBA stars on losing teams follow fewer teammates on social media

Social Sciences News - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:19
NBA stars on winning teams are more likely to follow teammates on Twitter than their high-status counterparts on bad teams are, according to a new study by the University of Cincinnati.