Students: from high school to graduate school

A look back at the most read articles on MyScienceWork

This week, Omniscience brings you a round up of the three most read articles on MyScienceWork for June. A recap on difficulties of being a teenage mother, the benefits of internet learning, and the role of educators in alternative education will be covered here.

Teenage motherhood


Rarely is the double identity of daughter and mother so intertwined.


A 2011 WHO report states that 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 experience teenage motherhood worldwide, and teenagers account to more than one in 10 births. In France, at a time when contraception for minors is much more debated than the feelings of the latter, teen pregnancy  is often considered  a failure of contraception, ignorance of sexuality, etc. Many negative aspects have been listed: stress, depression, social isolation, under-education, etc., but few studies speak of the positive aspects of early parenthood, which do exist, such as the significant increase in self-esteem.

In order to give a voice to these invisible but definitely existing women, the study proposes a survey of these women. Most of these mothers are single parents, but the arrival of a child was voluntary almost half of the time despite the fact that almost always these women are pressured to have an abortion.

Pregnant women are also dehumanized and judged, often not recognized as future parents, their bodies are scrutinized, manipulated. "Kid", or "easy girl" are terms they may be labelled with.

Why internet-based education?


Internet-based higher education has gone "from a fad to a habit


Studies say taking a short lesson every day is more effective than taking a multi-hour course once a week. However, at university, most subjects are only held twice a week (if not once) for 2 hours. On the internet, it is possible to ask students to log on daily to do many small tasks.

Here’s a well known fact. A person's memory, attention span, comprehension ability and attitude varies throughout the day. Age is another variable that contributes to this. At puberty, the optimal cognitive time is around evening. With an internet course, students can work at their optimal times.

One of the fears of professors and academic institutions surrounding internet or distance learning is the margin for cheating. If a student can just do an Internet search to find the answer, it may be that the knowledge required to be demonstrated during an exam is superficial. The author encourages his students to open as many internet pages as possible to find the solution, which should not be easy to find.

The information that can be found on the internet is not wrong, contrary to the general thinking. In addition, sorting out good and bad information helps develop critical thinking skills.

The Internet could be used to improve students' writing skills. Rather than having their writing read only by professors, they have the opportunity to share their speeches, which encourages them to be more careful.

One type of alternative education and the role of educators as “transforming agents” of at-risk youngster


A good teacher is one who seeks to have a good relationship with their students.


In non-formal education, the educator enables young students who have dropped out of the school system to continue their studies.

Their role is to pay attention to the problems of inequality and educational marginalization.

Studies suggest that trust is the key to academic success. It facilitates relationships between people. This means taking into account the overall life of young people, which is not limited to the classroom.

During a survey in Mexico, the relationship between these educators and school children was analyzed; the vast majority of the latter have a difficult life, which complicates the work of the educators, who must get them to confide in each other in order to be able to carry out their intervention work. The fights were frequent at the beginning, but became less frequent with time, because the educators discussed the conflict situations with the young people to make them reflect on their behavior.

For these young people, who are generally lonely and insecure, the educator also acts as a friend. These friendships do not occur with everyone and in the same way, but with the great majority; they usually occur in conflicts. These emotional cores are built by learning the language and culture of the "neighborhood". The respect that the educators offer is essential to create a friendship.

Here, the emotional aspect of education is more emphasized than the intellectual aspect.