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Lifelong Learning in the UK – The Next Logical Step

Lifelong Learning in the UK – The Next Logical Step

UK education standards are frequently subject to debt, especially during the later summer months. Of course, in the UK, August is the time that many students receive their A-Level results – and that the likelihood that even the most hardened critic would hope that as many would receive the grades they want, it seems that when the percentage of A grades increases year on year (and 2009 is no exception), the entire education system comes under renewed scrutiny. So are the changing education standards good or bad?

First we must clarify exactly what we mean when we speak of changing education standards. With a particular focus on the developments of 2009 (ie against a reduction of recession and a subsequent hike in the number of applicants to universities), August has seen more than one in four students (26.7 percent) receive A or A * grades, with a huge 97.5 percent passing and ensuring that they have the chance of a university career ahead of them.

Yet, with so many students receiving good grades and going on to receive 1st class and 2.1 honors from uni, the worth of such grades are often argued to have been diluted. Meaning that further education such as MAs and PhDs become a better signifier of academic achievement.

In a recent article on the subject from Bob Brecher, of the University of Brighton, he highlights how this is keeping with how education has evolved over the last century. He states: "Where once most children did not go to school at all, they later left at 14; where once they left at 14, they now leave at 18, and half of them for university. by a first at undergraduate level is today not achieved until master's level, or even beyond. "

Brecher essentially calls for a reassessment of whatever education standards are delivering what we need to be delivering – instead of dwelling on whether or not a degree is worth as much today as it was 40 years ago. It seems we must first observe the economy and how it has changed, not only in the last year (ie in regards to how the recession has forced many mature students back to university and distance learning courses), but also how it has developed to become more of a knowledge economy – dependent on teaching, high-tech services, and the creative industries – as opposed to a traditional product-based economy.

As a result of this fast advancing knowledge economy (according to data from non-profit, The Work Foundation, 50 percent of workers are employed in the knowledge industry today as opposed to 25 percent in 1970), it appears that a larger time investment in education – ever to the point of lifelong learning – will be needed to sustain this. And what we are seeing, with adults returning to university and a larger proportion of educated youngsters, is the true beginnings of this reassessment of the worth of learning – and a change in education standards for the …

Renegade University Review – Will This Training Really Help You Grow Your MLM?

Renegade University Review – Will This Training Really Help You Grow Your MLM?

In the recent past, a particular book called the Renegade Network Marketer has spawned a huge following, and even a particular training geared around it which teachers some of the behind the scenes marketing of it. However, what is this training course really all about, and is it worthwhile, or just another online scam?

Now, let's dig into precisely what Renegade University offers. At its core, it is a complete free training curriculum put together by the people at marketing merge. One of the major focuses of the 7 part training lesson is taking you from a point of hunting and searching for prospects, beggin family and friends, to using a technique called attraction marketing to bring prospects and potential business partners to you.

One of the first beginning lessons over there at Renegade University centers around really figuring out who your best prospects are, and hint, hint, it is not everyone, and learning how you can help them out with your business or product.

The next natural step is to learn how to use the internet to put yourself front and center in front of those best prospects. This is where they say the rubber meets the road at Renegade University.

The general idea is to use something known as content marketing to get in front of those prospects you identified earlier.

Content marketing is a technique where you create free content in either text, audio, or video and get in front of people on search engines or social networks to generate free network marketing leads.

The training there at renegade university goes into creating various forms of content, to include creating articles, videos, and using things such as web 2.0 sites, all of which are very popular online.

The general concept is that while the prospect is using the internet to research some issue that they are having, they find your content, and if your information is good and helpful enough, go ahead and request for information from you via your email series.

So, how precisely does this help you in grow your business? Instead of hounding them to buy your "stuff" you instead have earned their trust by giving them useful information first, which naturally builds an attraction towards you and what you offer in your business or product.

In summary what does this individual renegade university review think, is this all a scam or not? Completely not a scam, and in fact is one of the better courses out there teach beginners about online marketing and attraction marketing to grow their MLM business.

To learn even more about Renegade University, read below and click on the link for more information. …

Choosing Your Major and Further: First Steps to Choosing a Career

Choosing Your Major and Further: First Steps to Choosing a Career

Choosing what you are going to study at university is an important first step in building the stairs to a successful career. However, it is not the end of the world once you choose a major, and do not want to get a job that is offered to the graduates of that department. There are various opportunities even after you choose your major to give your career a new direction.

First of all, keep in mind that most companies today are very flexible with the major of their potential employees especially in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. Of course, no company would like to give a Computer Engineering job to a Medicine graduate. But just because you have studied History, it does not mean you cannot work as a Public Relations Manager. The skills you have obtained from your major may seem useless once you decide to work at a relatively unrelated job, but nothing can be more deceiving. The skills that seem to be related only to your major are indeed to be used in a variety of fields, which you will discover as you work.

Let’s say you have recognized that you want to give your career a new direction in the first years of your undergraduate studies. This is good news. You can choose from a variety of alternatives depending on the options provided by your college. You may be transferred to another department, you may consider doing a Double Major, or you may add a Minor next to your Major degree. Of course, not all of these are offered at all colleges, neither are they available for all departments. However, you will definitely find an alternative that suits you, and shows you the exit out of the maze.

What if none of the alternatives above are available, or you have already finished your undergraduate studies? Then, there are still other options for you. One option is doing your Master’s in a field related to the new path you would like your career to take. You can discuss which Graduate Program would be the best with your professors at college, and also with your employers if you have had the chance to have any. If you do not have any work experience, talking to a potential employer could also benefit you in the same way. Other than looking for an appropriate Master’s Degree, you could also search for Certificate Programs. These programs are more direct and can add a lot to your existing skills. With these programs, you can have both a certificate in the hand and also a new feld of expertise, both of which will be of great use in your job applications.…

College Education

College Education

Online college education is an important mode of education offered through the Internet. Today, a large number of online colleges offer various online degrees in a wide range of disciplines. Internet is the greatest means of this education.

Online colleges are an ideal solution for those who are desirous of attaining higher learning without going to a traditional college. There are provisions for earning associates, bachelors, masters, or even doctoral degrees through online colleges. There are specialized courses too, which prepare you for a particular job. Any individual interested in joining a particular online program can easily enroll into any of the numerous online colleges. The registration is generally simple and can be done through the websites of the respective online college.

Online college education provides practical as well as career-oriented courses in a homely online environment. These courses are mostly utilized by working individuals and those in various professions. University of Phoenix is the largest accredited university in the United States. Some of the other topmost online universities and colleges are the Devry University, Virgina College, California National University and Kaplan University.

You have to choose an online college to suit your needs from among thousands of online colleges. Make a thorough study of the terms and conditions of the online college before making a final decision. There are many fraudulent websites and bogus colleges and universities, so it is better to check whether the university or college you selected has proper accreditation. The online college education, an outcome of the modern technological development, can take you to further heights and achieve your career goals.…

10 Reasons Adults Go Back to School

10 Reasons Adults Go Back to School

Over two million adult Americans go to school every year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. People start or return to school for many reasons. The following list is a sampling.

1) To learn more about a hobby or an interest. Do you long to play golf? Have you always wanted to learn write, knit or play the guitar? Then maybe adult education classes are for you. These classes could be offered through a university or college extension program or through a church or community center, or they may be at a place of higher education for credit. Participating in a class or two can teach you something new or how to do something with more skill than you already possess. And if you take a class for credit–say, European History to help with your genealogy project–you might find the basis of an education that leads to a second career.

2) To learn a foreign language for travel or fun. Have you always wanted to go to France or India or China, but are worried about not speaking the language? Enroll in a foreign language class so you have the basics to make your travels easier. Classes are usually categorized as “conversational”, “for travel” or by level (i.e., French I, Spanish I, etc.). Any classes will teach you the basics–such as how to say yes, no, ask for directions, inquire as to where the bathroom is, order food, etc.

3) To set a good precedent for your children. Maybe you didn’t get as much education as you wanted. Maybe you want your child to stay in school and to learn as much as possible. Sometimes the best way to lead a child is by example. If you do your homework every night, so will your child. And you can sit at the table together and use it as bonding time.

4) To get a career. Did you not have time to go to school like you wanted? You had your children at a young age, or the opportunity or finances wasn’t there and now you are thinking of what you’d like to do with your life. The thing you currently get up and go to every day is your job; you wouldn’t call it a career, but now you are ready for one. Going to school, whether a trade school, a community college or a university, can get you on track to create a career from your current occupation.

5) For career advancement. Maybe you are in a job you love but you aren’t sure what the next step is: do you want to become a manager or a specialist? Additional education can make the difference between paralegal and lawyer or between medical receptionist and medical assistant.

6) To find a new career. Were you in a job that was recently phased out? Are you still using DOS while the rest of the world is using Windows? Sometimes it isn’t your choice to go back to school, but …

Science Books – Men – Twice As Likely Smarter Or Dumber Than Women

Science Books – Men – Twice As Likely Smarter Or Dumber Than Women

This study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh was the first to seek out any differences in the intelligence quotient between men and women. Other studies have shown, as again in this study that there is no noticeable difference in the average intelligence between men and women. Many fields of science have noticed and studied how women have advanced in recent decades to be in the major of once male dominated fields as higher levels in medicine. There are now more female graduates from medical school and we applaud that. The more nurturing and superior communication skills of women is good news for us all as the old white men who too often thought they were gods retire. They were often not perfect healthy lifestyles role models as the youngger female doctors are closer to being.

And yet this difference in the Edinburgh study shows there is a much greater variability in the intelligence of men than in women. Men are twice as likely to be in the top, and the lowest tier of intelligence. Which, for women and even us men, explains much. How is it a standard joke that the fellows in the bar all agree that grown men poking each other in the eye is hilarious? Their female dates usually roll their eyes not poked at the ceiling wondering where all the brainy men are. Brains can of course be made stronger or weaker by healthy lifestyles or not.

Well, from this news, it seems you ladies tend to bunch toward the intelligent high center and keep gaining brain power as you gain rights and confidence. And the reverse may be happening to men and in particular those in that wider pool of dumb and dumber, of which males are twice the gene pool.

Knowing this, and that the Bill Gates brain types usually bore you to tears, while handsome Jack the football hero who played once too often without his helmet is off with his team mates watching the Three Stooges movie. But to take this to a degree level we could look at how this fact, if it continues to be verified in further studies, indicates changes in schooling and opportunities for the lost boys now being left behind.

Studies show how the girls generally now gain the higher grades and the scholarships; and to the extent that this advances opportunities for girls such as my grand daughters is is very good. But if our grand sons are not prepared for the skills they can exceed at and be encouraged to learn their skill and get at it and build a good life for themselves, as I have tried to do with my own grand sons, they may be part of the lost generation of boys who became men who fill the bursting jails of America.

Boys love machines and there are so many jobs out west crying for men who can be serious enough to operate the equipment, which unfortunately is several tiers …

What's the Difference Between a BA Degree and BS Degree?

What's the Difference Between a BA Degree and BS Degree?

If you are looking at college degree programs, you may have begun to get overwhelmed by the number of choices available. Some of the more common degrees you will see are the BA (Bachelor of Arts), BS (Bachelor of Science), and BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Although you may even find some of the following degrees offered at your university as well: BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), B.Eng (Bachelor of Engineering), or B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture). For the purpose of this article, we are going to stick with the two most common degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

Now, you may assume that one would get a Bachelor of Arts degree in an arts or Humanities subject (Music, Art History, English, etc.) and a Bachelor of Science degree in a Math or Science subject (Biology, Statistics, etc.) . However, if you look at your college catalog, you may find that you can get a BA in Biology, or even a BS in Theater … what gives?

Well, in these two degrees, the 'Arts' or 'Science' part does not design WHAT you studied, but instead HOW you studied it. A Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree. Generally, out of 120 credits, only 30-40 are in the major. This allows for lots of flexibility, but not a ton of focus on the major. A Bachelor of Science degree on the other hand, requires 50-70 credits in the major and may also require cognates or limited electives. This provides a more focused, but slightly less well rounded degree.

So, how do you decide which one to go for? Well, first you will want to see which degrees your school offers in your major. If they only offer one or the other, then you have no choice. However, if you are lucky enough to have your pick between the two, then you have some choosing to do. Think about how intensely you wish to study your major. If this is something you wish to truly focus on for four years, then go with a BS degree. If you like your major, but wish to undertake a minor, double major, or simply take a lot of electives, then you may wish to take the BA degree.

The next step you should take is to look at your college's catalog and check out the course requirements for each degree. Sometimes different courses are required for each. For example, a statistics course may be required for a BS, but a foreign language course may be required for a BA. Simply look at the requirements and choose the one which excites you the most. …

Finding the Best Hospitals in Bogota, Colombia

Finding the Best Hospitals in Bogota, Colombia

Bogotá is the capital and most populous city of Colombia, a major country in Latin America. As the 30th largest city in the world, Bogotá features many green parks, famous landmarks and amusement parks. The city is a major tourist destination and is one of the major industrial centers in Latin America. There are many good hospitals and eminent doctors in Bogotá. Some of the leading hospitals offer health care that is compatible with global standards. These centers have a much greater nurse to patient ratio than most and provide warm accommodation in a friendly environment.

The Hospital Universitario San Ignacio (HUSI) situated at Carrera 7 No. 40-62, Bogota is a premier health care facility with wide in country recognition. The Ministry of Social Protection and the National University recently announced that this hospital is among the top three Colombian hospitals. This 304 bedded four level hospital has a 22 bed pediatrics ward, ten operating rooms and two delivery rooms. The HUSI offers the best medical and surgical service for a variety of specialties and subspecialties. The departments of radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and plastic are fully equipped. The hospital has sophisticated CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging. The emergency department and intensive care units are adequately furnished for intensive care patients, children and infants. The internationally reputed center for oncology treatment and research: The Javeriana Oncology Center is a part of the Hospital Universitario San Ignacio. HUSI is a major teaching school in the country and more than 80% of the staff doctors are bilingual. It has special section for international patients with English speaking staff and offers comfortable accommodation in 17 suite rooms. Contact: +57 316-466-0399

Hospital Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota located at Calle 119 No. 7 – 75. Bogotá is an important hospital with state-of-the-art facilities. This service-oriented hospital was established in 1983 by the famous non-profit health care organization, Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá. It is a private University Hospital with 13 departments, 6 advisory committees and 2 institutes. The hospital employs 1,500 staff and imparts health care to about 150,000 clients every year. The hospital employs outstanding doctors and has full-fledged departments in all branches of medicine. The surgery department has units in cardiovascular surgery, hepatobiliary and neurosurgery. The operating rooms all have facilities for laparoscopy, microsurgery, laser surgery, argon coagulation, auto transfusion, extracorporeal circulation and laminar flow systems. This hospital exhibits the lowest surgical site infection rates in Colombia. The hospital possesses all newest technological devices including Philips IE 33 scanner to display 2D, 3D and 4D images, the SPECT-CT Gamma Chamber for sophisticated tests, the Clinac iX with modular radiotherapy for cancer therapy, and the PET/CT and holmium laser for minimally invasive treatments. The hospital has modern ICUs, emergency department and various laboratories. Phone: (571) 6030303

Clínica El Bosque located at Calle 134 No. 12 – 55; northern Bogota DC is another popular hospital in the city. A group of eminent doctors established this hospital in 1977. The hospital currently offers complete …

University of Idaho Vandals Had One Football Player Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft

University of Idaho Vandals Had One Football Player Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft

The University of Idaho Vandals had one player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft and that one player is Mike Iupati who played guard for the Vandals and hopes to win a starting offensive line position with the San Francisco 49ers after the bay area team selected him with the number 17 overall pick in the first round.

The University of Idaho football team competes in the Western Athletic Conference which is commonly referred to by the acronym WAC. As a frame of reference the WAC had a total of five players out of 255 2010 NFL Draft selections come from the mid major conference. By comparison the Southeastern conference which is commonly shortened to SEC had 49 players represented in the 2010 NFL Draft, nearly ten times as many as the lowly Western Athletic Conference.

Mike Iupati was the first player from the WAC chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft and was considered one of the top prospects at his position in all of college football entered the primetime nationally televised event held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There were only three offensive lineman selected head of Iupati in a draft that saw a total of 38 offensive linemen taken. At 6’5″ 330 pounds Iupati has the right build for an NFL offensive guard.

Before playing in four seasons of college football for the Vandals Mike was born and raised in the south pacific in American Samoa and spent his high school years with his family in Anaheim, California. In part due to arriving in the United States later in life and also having scholastic issues as a result of trying to pick up English as a second language (his native tongue is Samoan) Mike did not have the array of college scholarship choices that are normally associated with NFL first round selections.

Through hard work, persistence, and a bit of luck Iupati found his way onto the University of Idaho football team in 2006. After persevering through setbacks that included a surgically repaired shoulder Mike eventually flourished into a dominant interior offensive lineman who finally gained national attention as a senior.

In 2009 the Idaho Vandals had one player taken in NFL draft. Eddie Williams was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. Prior to Tight end Eddie Williams being selected the University of Idaho had the bitter sweet distinction of producing Mr. Irrelevant for the 2008 NFL Draft. Mr. Irrelevant is the title given to the very last player selected in the NFL Draft. In 2008 that player was David Vobora, a linebacker from Idaho.…

Five Features of Quantitative Research Every Social Science Graduate Student Should Know

Five Features of Quantitative Research Every Social Science Graduate Student Should Know

Quantitative research can be described as the investigation of a social problem using a number based approach. It involves a researcher collecting statistics, first hand or by secondary sources such as from the church, police, school, hospital or state agency. Also researchers can use survey instruments or questionnaires to collect qualitative data by asking participants to compose their own answers. In this instance, most of the questions will be open ended and participants will get the opportunity to provide reasons for their choice or supply additional information in support of their opinion. Students should have expert knowledge of assumptions,knowledge of research design, knowledge of methods of integrating measurement and data analysis, knowledge of levels of measurement and knowledge of data interpretation. Moreover, graduate students should harmonize or blend these five knowledge areas creatively and feasibly in their research.

In quantitative research assumptions refer chiefly to the characteristics of the data. Other assumptions can be drawn from social theory upon which the research is being anchored. Before collecting data the student should be clear about the assumptions of the data to be used for answering the research question. It is important that the student identify whether the data are distributed normally or not. This will assist in test selection provided a hypothesis is being tested. Therefore, he or she may select a parametric test like the multiple correlation to ascertain whether any relationships between variables exist. Alternatively, the t-test or analysis of variance may be employed to measure differences in means between two or among more than two groups or samples selected independently. If the data are not normally distributed equivalent non parametric tests such as chi square tests of association and the Mann Whitney test of difference will be selected. Students should be able to explain the assumptions of each test and demonstrate to readers that these assumptions have been met. Depending on the purpose of the study; the good student should possess knowledge of assumptions such as normality, randomness, equality of variance, linearity and independence.

Theories have a number of assumptions about correlation, causality and effects of behavior. Knowledgeable students should be able to point out the relevance of each of these to their study. The student researcher should make it known whether the data enable the determination of correlation or causality. Consequently theory selection, an essential epistemological feature of quantitative research, will require the student to demonstrate a perfect fit between theory and hypotheses. In other words, the student would know that theoretical assumptions should influence the selection of hypotheses to be tested.

It is expected that graduate students should have advanced knowledge of quantitative research designs and their applications. They should be capable of defining research design as a series of steps or procedures logically ordered for data collection and analysis. The graduate must explain that research design is the methods and materials employed in executing the study and is analogous to a plan when skillfully or appropriately implemented produces excellent outcomes. It must be clear to …