Education Definition and 103 Discussions

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, however learners can also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy.
Formal education is commonly divided formally into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and then college, university, or apprenticeship.
There are movements for education reforms, such as for improving quality and efficiency of education towards applicable relevance in the students' lives and efficient problem solving in modern or future society at large or for evidence-based education methodologies. A right to education has been recognized by some governments and the United Nations. Global initiatives aim at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which promotes quality education for all. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age.

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  1. ValenceElectron

    Schools Transfering From a Community College to a Uni

    I want to become an astrophysicist, but I don't have enough money to attend a 4-year college once I graduate (may 2024) so my dad said that I should plan on going to a community college and then transfering to a university. Will I still be able to become a physicist if I go to community...
  2. Algr

    Highest useful Fahrenheit temperature?

    I was watching a video about energy storage, and the subject was stuff that was around 1500° celsius, and for the whole video the graphics kept including Fahrenheit equivalents. Now I use Fahrenheit when checking the weather outside. But that doesn't make 2732F° any more relatable a...
  3. matqkks

    Classical Mathematics textbooks

    What are the classical mathematics textbooks for advanced and undergraduate level that a mathematician should possess?
  4. matqkks

    What is the best way to introduce Laplace transforms for Engineers?

    Are there any practical applications of Laplace transform? I would not use Laplace transforms to solve first, second-order ordinary differential equations as it is much easier by other methods even if it has a pulse forcing function. How can Laplace transforms be introduced so that students are...
  5. matqkks

    How and what to teach on a second-year Engineering Mathematics?

    In the late 80’s and early 90’s there was the idea of ‘calculus reform’ and some emphasis and syllabus changed. The order of doing things in calculus also changed with the advantage of technology. Similarly in linear algebra, there was a linear algebra curriculum study group that produced some...
  6. Matsukaze

    Chemistry Military for an undergrad

    NUPOC program specifically. In short, I get paid a salary to earn my bachelor's before being shipped off. From what I can tell, it's the single most efficient program in terms of time spent and money gained. I would like to get advice from people who understand my career pathway. I feel that a...
  7. ipsky

    When do you know you have understood physics?

    This is rather a philosophical question, so I will limit it to a topic in physics. I'm interested in knowing your opinion, and perhaps your thoughts on how physics is being developed and progressed today.
  8. W

    Studying Physics intrigues me but Math makes more sense. What to study?

    Hi, I have the following problem, maybe someone relates. I am about to finish my Bachelors Degree in Physics and must say it was a very unenjoyable road. I started it because since forever I was fascinated by the "great" ideas trying to explain reality that lie behind physics, i. e. Quantum...
  9. PiEpsilon

    Admissions Continuing formal education after an abrupt stop

    Greetings everyone! After many attempts and fails I believe I have fallen between the cracks of the education system. I would appreciate any advice how I can get back on the right track and continue my formal education. I am residing in the Eastern European country. I have finished high...
  10. K

    Job Skills What next for manual gearbox design engineers?

    Simple questions are sometimes difficult to ask. I am a mechanical design engineer of automotive gearboxes with a UG qualification and 12 years of experience. My core expertise is into gears and special interest in NVH. In the recent years I see the automotive OEMs cutting down research cost of...
  11. Algr

    Terraforming the Pre-Earth? (Algol's video)

    I find this video absolutely amazing, and have watched it over a dozen times now. It helps if you can use the spacebar to pause it and read the text, and arrow keys to back up 5 seconds. - This is NOT phone friendly! Big monitor and 1440p recommended. So two different questions for...
  12. anothermike

    Does anyone remember the Eureka! Physics cartoons, from the early '80s?

    I think this is an excellent educational resource for younger students, and I'm trying to find out more about high quality versions of these videos that may still be in use anywhere. I have 2 pressing questions. 1) Where to locate these...
  13. T

    Virtual Physics Labs - giving some resources and asking for some

    Hi all! Like everyone else, our university physics department is prepping for online labs. We are utilizing great simulations from several sites, check them out below if you haven't already. We are able to rewrite many of our labs 1:1 conversion to online! Colorado PhETs...of course ...
  14. Monsterboy

    Where we stand with respect to gamifying education

    I am just wondering about where we stand with respect to gamifying education. What are the best online educational games out there and which grades do they cover ? How many reliable studies have been done which demonstrate the effectiveness (or lack of) of educational games ? Do you think...
  15. H

    Outlets for highly-experienced Teachers and/or Directors?

    Hi, I'm the Administrative Coordinator for a rapidly-growing STEM camp & afterschool education program (NYC based) that is beginning to look for Site Directors for the upcoming winter and summer camps. Does anyone know any sites or places I should look into where people of said-experience hang...
  16. R

    Insight into the conceptual gap and how to fill it

    I recently started volunteer math tutoring in an after school program in a city near me. This is one of the poorest cities in the state, and the students' math preparation is about as bad as you'd expect. The after school program is not part of the school system, it's run by a non-profit. I work...
  17. Dr. Courtney

    Programs Aiming High and Managing Distractions as Keys to Success for Science Majors - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new blog post Aiming High and Managing Distractions as Keys to Success for Science Majors Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
  18. Wortgewandtheit

    Other Career Advice for Living and Working in Switzerland

    Hello, first post here, didn't know this existed until very recently. I was going to ask if anyone could give me some advice regarding living and working in Switzerland. I will be done with my Bachelor's in Physics (With a specialty in Research, this is a Swedish invention, but it amounts to...
  19. M

    Masters of computational engineering ?

    I am almost done with 5 years bachelor of nuclear engineering, is it a good idea to switch to computational engineering, since that it will open more opportunities?
  20. Robert Wilson

    Online Tutoring

    How much can i earn tutoring online?
  21. CaptainAmerica17

    Schools Getting a mathematics mentor in high school?

    High school student here... Over the past year or so, I've developed an intense interest in mathematics. I work problems every day and I am constantly working to grow my knowledge. As a junior, I am currently in AP calculus and will most likely be eligible for Calc 3 my senior year. I'm...
  22. Cantor080

    Other Utility of a general math book introducing subjects not in historical order?

    I have Abstract Algebra Course, and my teacher is using the book, "Abstract Algebra" of David S. Dummit, and Richard M.Foote. This book, and other books which my teachers are using for the courses, seem to give definitions, theorems, and problems, in no historical order or are not mentioning the...
  23. Robert Wilson

    Simple Way to Learn Algebra

    Is there any simplest way to learn algebra?
  24. ohwilleke

    The Paternity of Alice and Bob

    It is now a common trope in physics education to name the first two observers of a hypothetical physical system Alice and Bob (i.e. person A and person B). When did this practice originate and who was responsible for it?
  25. I

    Programs ICTP or Perimeter Institute?

    Hello. I'm currently studying theoretical physics and planning to continue my study in theoretical physics. I know that there are two interesting places to pursue the education in this field, the International Center for Theoretical Physics (pre-PhD program), and the Perimeter Institute for...
  26. Cantor080

    Calculus Which self-contained calculus book explains the math in order....

    Which calculus book self contains experiences in order, and is stable to the max, for all the problems known in the subject? --------------------------------------------------------- I have got confused now. Math history seems to allow knowing all the data on how math formed, for any of a...
  27. Philip Dhingra

    I Request for Feedback on Special Relativity article

    I took a stab at simplifying Special Relativity, but I want to be 100% sure I'm not butchering physics in the process. Anybody care to weigh in on that? Here is a draft of my Medium article: Thanks, - Phil
  28. W

    Courses Improving my mathematical foundation for physics

    Hi all, I am making a decision regarding the mathematics courses I should take before graduating so that I can leave Uni with a "decent enough" mathematical foundation. Some courses I had in mind were Linear Algebra, Group Theory, and Probability & Statistics, however I have little knowledge...
  29. Philip Dhingra

    I Tangible example of relativity of simultaneity

    I always liked the idea of starting relativity discussions with the idea that your father could travel at a substantial fraction of the speed of light and return back at roughly the same age as you. This makes time dilation seem interesting, and drives curiosity in students. But I'm struggling...
  30. Biscuit

    Physics Unsure of my future in physics

    Before you read this I must make a request that you read the whole thing if you start because my thoughts may be disorganized or there may be at least one part you find you could respond to. thank you! I'm not too sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm proceeding regardless. I love...
  31. accelerandom

    Fun experiments to disprove Flat Earth

    Hi everyone, I work at a small high school that does one-on-one teaching with students who often have some kind of attention related learning difficulty or have trouble in a large classroom. The physics and chemistry courses I have been teaching have very inadequate lab sections and we have very...
  32. Posty McPostface

    If you could change the way we educate, what would you do?

    If you could change the way we educate people, what would you do? I leave this as a general open-ended question.
  33. AirmanX

    Programs Academic Advice -- Re-entering an undergraad physics program after 4 years off....

    Perhaps this isn’t the place to ask, but I was just looking to hear opinions from some people on here about my situation. I’ve been out of school for 4 years now, having left to enlist with the Air Force. While in school I was majoring in Physics/Mathematics. I was a B student in Physics 1, 2...
  34. ZapperZ

    B MinutePhysics Special Relativity Series

    MinutePhysics is attempting to produce a series of video lessons on Special Relativity, using an approach, according to the video, that will be different and "simpler" than the traditional method that SR has been taught in schools. Since we often get questions on here about this topic...
  35. tinocasals

    Nuclear physics interesting experiments and activities

    Hi there, I'm looking for some interesting activities regarding nuclear physics in high school. I already have: - building a cloud chamber with dry ice or peltier modules - simulating radioactive decay with dice - simulating Rutherford's experiment hitting with glass marbles a hidden target...
  36. S

    Programs Academic/Career Crossroads: Teacher to ME to Naval Flight officer....

    Hello. I am a teacher about to wrap up his fifth year in May. I started at the very bottom, teaching at risk and worked my way up with the help of my former teachers. I now teach AP Physics 1 and IB Mathematics SL. The whole experience has left me jaded. I gave it my all: my personality, my...
  37. V

    Confusing Newton II and III

    I am not a teacher, but I have made an interesting observation regarding classical mechanics education. It is surprisingly common that even students at academic level do not seem to fully understand Newton's third law (action and reaction) and confuse it with Newton's second law...
  38. fluidistic

    Which programming language would you want to teach to a very young person (5-7 y/o)

    Which programming language would you like being taught if you were a very young person (5 to 7 years old), as a first programming language? Worded differently, which programming language would you like to teach to your son/daughter if he/she was that age? I've heard about Scratch and Logo. Then...
  39. P

    Does the world need more teachers?

    Education is a lifelong goal, for me. I have rarely met anyone who doesn't need to educate themselves more on a subject or matter, otherwise, we're in the twilight zone of sages and masters, which are rare and few. Even Aristotle, who one of my philosophy teachers told me, was the last man who...
  40. P

    Has the market corrupted the goal of education?

    Forgive my rather philosophical posted question; but, having been in college for little more than a year, I can't but help to feel that what was once considered a noble goal of 'conditioning the soul' (as Plato might say) via education has instead been turned into the gratification of wants and...
  41. M

    Suggestions for videos teaching engineering concepts

    I hope to one day help engineering students by having a wealth of videos that cover the "weed-out" courses (in the first two years of engineering curriculum). Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can make these videos be the best that they can be? I plan to do narrated powerpoints, but I...
  42. S

    Physics What Can You Do With An Applied Physics Dregree

    I am applying to universities soon and the one subject that I would like to have in any area of study is physics, if I were to study pure physics than I would specialize in applied physics. I know that there aren't many jobs in specifically research areas which would be a dream job, so what...
  43. M

    Schools Best Colleges in Ohio for a physics degree?

    Currently enrolled at a regional campus to complete basic core courses for my B.S. in Physics with a research concentration. I have completed over 40 credit hours while I was also in high school, and am starting my first semester of classes toward my major. After this semester, however, that...
  44. C

    Programs To pursue a masters degree in theoretical physics

    Hello, I'm about to start my last year of bachelor degree in physics, and in a few months I would like to have a clear idea of where I want to go for my master degree. My dream since I started university is to pursue theoretical physics, in which specific field, that remains for me to...
  45. Y

    Studying Learning physics and maths

    Hi, I am really very interested in learning physics and becoming researcher or scientist. But I have few problems like I am not good at maths at all I can remember formulas and constants value. I am not at all interested in electricity and magnetism. I don't really know what am I good at. I...
  46. SquidwardTentacles

    Schools Comparing the good and bad universities around the world.

    It goes without question that the top schools of most countries are pretty good, but how do we compare the average and bad universities from different countries? I often hear (especially on this forum) that bad and average universities in the US (and the west in general) are usually still...
  47. V

    Continuum mechanics in physics education

    I came across this article about the near absence of continuum mechanics in university-level physics education: I have wondered this issue myself: why is continuum mechanics mainly studied by engineers rather than physicists, even...
  48. B

    Why do I Hate Math?

    Background: I live in the U.S. and I am in 7th grade, 13 years old. I have mild ADHD I don't really hate math, per se, but I can't help thinking that I'm unfit to do anything related to mathematics. I enjoy geometry and abstract scientific problems, but struggle in areas such as basic equations...
  49. UsableThought

    Three new books to read about expertise vs. democracy

    Mostly PhysicsForums is about . . . well, physics and its sub-specialities, plus math and so forth. However we have a fair number of threads concerning the role of scientists, science, and critical thinking in a democracy where expertise is unevenly spread, unevenly valued, and often questioned...
  50. D

    Friction during rolling: troubling student questions

    Greeting fellow physicists, I have been having some questions from my AP Physics C: Mechanics students about the direction of friction in rolling. Here are a few situations. 1. For a wheel that is accelerating to the right while rolling smoothly, it must also be rotating clockwise. In order to...