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Sian Harris – INASP Blog

Posts by Sian Harris

Strengthening critical thinking skills through different online learning approaches

With a wealth of conflicting ideas and opinions available online about many of the pressing issues facing the world today, skills to appraise information sources and recognise biases in interpreting evidence are so important. Siân Harris discusses two online approaches that INASP has been offering this year to help researchers develop their critical thinking skills.

Joining together to redress university gender imbalances

Meeting together, sharing experiences, finding a collective voice to tackle gender inequity in research and higher education, in Ethiopia and Uganda.

Truth and lies in academic publishing: distrust in research highlights the importance of education in critical thinking skills

‘Fake news’ is threatening public discourse and, by extension, undermining trust in academic research. But the current atmosphere of suspicion highlights the need for critical thinking and research evaluation skills. Siân Harris shares some of the things she spoke about at a recent panel discussion on ‘academic publishing in the era of fake news’ at the London Book Fair in March.

Transformative learning workshop, Tanzania.

Transforming teachers for transformed students

A key early part of the TESCEA project was a series of transformative learning workshops that helped teaching staff reflect on their approaches to teaching and how they can help students interact with what they are being taught.

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Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research

Finding an appropriate and trustworthy journal to publish in is a challenge for many researchers around the world and a common concern for researchers in INASP’s AuthorAID network. INASP is a founder and committee member of the Think. Check. Submit. initiative, which is helping researchers choose journals they can trust. The findings from Think. Check. Submit.’s recent survey, discussed in this press release, reveal the need for this work and will help guide development of the initiative in 2019.

To address geographical diversity in peer review we need to include Southern voices better

Diversity in peer review is very important if we want to fully realize the potential of all researchers in the production, sharing and use of knowledge.

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