slideshare ppt on research

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Europeans thought on research

Europeans are most interested in news themes on environmental pollution -
Respondents were asked to indicate among a range of news themes to what extent they are interested in them. Results of this survey show that interest in each of the themes is rather high since at least two thirds of the European population indicate for each theme that they are interested (very or moderately interested).It is however important to point to the fact that on such a question respondents have a tendency to answer in a “socially acceptable” way. This may explain why we find sucha large number of respondents answering ‘moderately interested’ for the different themes.


Monday, 4 March 2013

The federal perspective on scientifically based research

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 encourages and, in some cases
such as Reading First, requires the use of instruction based on scientific
research. The emphasis on scientifically based research supports the consistent
use of instructional methods that have been proven effective. To meet the NCLB
definition of “scientifically based,” research must:

• employ systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or
• involve rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses
and justify the general conclusions;
• rely on measurements or observational methods that provide valid data across
evaluators and observers, and across multiple measurements and
observations; and
• be accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent
experts through a comparatively rigorous, objective, and scientific review.


More than ever, educators are expected to make decisions that guarantee quality
instruction. As knowledge emerges, so do philosophies, opinions, and rhetoric about
definitions of instructional excellence. From policy makers to classroom teachers,
educators need ways to separate misinformation from genuine knowledge and to
distinguish scientific research from poorly supported claims.
Effective teachers use scientific thinking in their classrooms all the time. They assess
and evaluate student performance, develop Individual Education Plans, reflect on their
practice, and engage in action research. Teachers use experimental logic when they plan
for instruction: they evaluate their students’ previous knowledge, construct hypotheses
about the best methods for teaching, develop teaching plans based on those hypotheses,
observe the results, and base further instruction on the evidence collected.
In short, teachers use the concepts of rigorous research and evaluation in profoundly
practical ways.
Teachers can further strengthen their instruction and protect their students’ valuable
time in school by scientifically evaluating claims about teaching methods and recognizing
quality research when they see it. This booklet, distilled from the monograph Using
Research and Reason in Education: How Teachers Can Use Scientifically Based Research
to Make Curricular and Instructional Decisions, provides a brief introduction to
understanding and using scientifically based research.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

What is Scientifically Based Research?

Early in the 17th century, two astronomers competed to describe the

nature of our solar system.
Galileo built a telescope and found new planets and moons.
Francesco Sizi ridiculed Galileo’s findings. There must be only seven
planets, Sizi said. After all, there are seven windows in the head—two
nostrils, two ears, two eyes, and a mouth. There are seven known
metals. There are seven days in a week, and they are already named
after the seven known planets. If we increase the number of planets,
he said, the whole system falls apart. Finally, Sizi claimed, these socalled
satellites being discovered by Galileo were invisible to the eye.
He concluded they must have no influence on the Earth and,
therefore, do not exist.
Sizi’s most valuable contribution to history may have been to remind
us that true understandings of the world, and how it works, cannot
be based on pure thought alone, no matter how logical, creative, or
contemporary such thought may seem.
True understandings require some measure of science and the
willingness to seek information when making decisions.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Fold Your Scooter and Carry it Around With You

How many times have we traveled to a busy locality and spent a lot of time irritated not being able to find a quick parking spot. A company has come up with an ingenious idea of bringing along your ride with you which means no more parking problems.
Antro, a non-profit organization which develops eco-friendly products has developed a scooter which can be folded into a suitcase and carried around with one-self similar to a trolley bag. It is named Moveo, which is a 55 pound electric scooter with a top speed of 28 mph and can travel up to 21 miles with a full battery.
It has a fullback seat as opposed to the normal scooter seats which will definitely be a plus point in the comfort section. Antro has developed a fully functional prototype and is looking forward to market their product with a next year starting with 4,000 scooters per year increasing it to 15,000 scooters per year. Its price range will be 3600-4600 US Dollars.
Although it is not feather-weight, but how convenient is it to bring your scooter along with you anywhere you go? Also it is not suited for long drives but it is a must have transportation for people who live in busy cities such as New York in which parking spots are not easily available and traffic in rush hours makes one late for their appointments.

Fold Your Scooter and Carry it Around With You