Month: September 2018

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Geographer Gardner to Head Academy of Social Sciences

The longtime director of the Royal Geographical Society, Rita Gardner CBE, will be the new chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Academy of Social Sciences. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Stephen Anderson after more than 10 years.

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Teaching Foundational Concepts by Using the SEE-I Process

Dr. Maxine Atkinson shares her thoughts and challenges on how application is a crucial step to teaching foundational concepts. “One of the challenges we all face when teaching a foundational concept is making sure that student comprehension is strong and that they will be able to apply the concept throughout the course.”

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Checking for Understanding through Reflection: 3-2-1

‘There are many ways you could use a 3-2-1 with Sociology in Action,’ says Dr. Maxine Atkinson. In a new SIA blog post, Atkinson describes some of her failures while teaching and the realization on the reason why her lessons weren’t always reaching the students.

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Open Peer Review Not Always Welcomed With Open Arms

It’s hoped open peer review could improve the speed and quality of reviews, but, not all academics are comfortable with open peer review and remain fearful of their comments and views being subject to public scrutiny. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva argues this may prevent the open review system from being truly inclusive.

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Book Review: How to be a Happy Academic

In ‘How to be a Happy Academic: A Guide to Being Effective in Research, Writing and Teaching,’ Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa aim to support fellow academic workers at all career stages to become more efficient, successful and happier through focusing on fostering good habits over and above talent or skills. Eddy Li welcomes this insider perspective on seeing, doing and – most importantly – taming academic work, even if it leaves open the question of how exactly we measure and define “success”.

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Collaboration Imbues SSRC’s ‘To Secure Knowledge’ Report

In launching its first-ever task force report on Monday, the 95-year-old Social Science Research Council made clear it gets by with a little help from its friends. Collaboration, said sociologist Alondra Nelson Nelson, the president of the SSRC, is the byword of the report, To Secure Knowledge: Social Science Partnerships for the Common Good.

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Why Developing Countries are Vulnerable to Predatory Journals

Predatory publications are different from mainstream journals because they charge exorbitant fees to publish the articles they solicit, and they don’t follow any of the quality assurance processes expected in academic publication. Academics in the developing world have become a favorite target for these journals, and many seem to be falling into the trap. We need to ask why.

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APS Panel: Connecting Behavioral Scientists and Tech

What exactly does the tech industry want from social and behavioral scientists? That was the focus of a SAGE Publishing-sponsored panel at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science In San Francisco this summer. Panelists were four representatives from tech, ranging from big players like Google to startups like Jaunt.

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Golden Goose Award Recognizes Implicit Bias Work

U.S. government-funded research that on its face looked only at fame, names and gender turned out to be pioneering work into implicit bias. This year a Golden Goose Award went to three researchers who developed the concept of implicit bias and then made a huge impact on popular culture by giving the world a test to measure it.

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Survey: Peer Reviewed Valued – If Someone Else Does It

During this Peer Review Week 2018, Tom Culley shares findings from the new Publons “Global State of Peer Review” report. As demands on the peer review system increase, reviewers are actually becoming less responsive to invitations.

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