What is Education: Definition and 487 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. hgtrreds

    what is required to become a mechanical engineer

    hi, Does anyone know how to become a mechanical engineer? is it difficult or easy? thanks.
  2. matqkks

    Are there any really good resources on modelling with differential equations?

    I will have to teach a first course in differential equations. A good motivator might be to promulgate modelling with differential equations but I have seen some teachers have made polemic against modelling. Are there any really good resources on modelling with differential equations? I want...
  3. arkiv

    Can I do MSBioPhys after BEEE?

    Can I do a Master in Biophysics after a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering?
  4. F

    The Bird and the Teacher

    It was a documentary program featuring a bird. I can't recall the specific location, but based on the tape and the geographical context, it seems to be from the northern hemisphere, possibly in northern Europe or Canada. The bird perched on a tree branch near a lake, while on the opposite side...
  5. K

    Admissions Independent Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math exams

    My daughter (14 years old) is considering to be an independent learner for her high school so that she can pursue her other (serious) interest in sports. Whereas she is focused on her sport, she also wants to study in a flexible environment, the basic sciences and math in both of which she is...
  6. H

    Suggestion (What) Level are you / is the question

    It seems somewhat common that a poster marks the level of their thread "I" or "A" but their knowledge of the relevant subject is lower than what's needed to understand the selected level. Setting aside feasibility with the forums architecture, what do people think about language that would make...
  7. Slimy0233

    Should I have studied E&M before learning Optics, Waves & Oscillations

    I was trying to learn physics from a coaching institute and they started optics before they started Electricity and Magnetism and the lecturer went on saying somethings which I didn't completely understand. Is the coaching institute doing it wrong teaching me Optics before they taught me...
  8. S

    Share Exam Dreams & Teeth Loosening Nightmares Here!

    This led me to wonder how many people here have exam dreams, maybe even years or decades after they last had to sit an exam? Share your wierd or amusing exam dreams here! Apart from the actual exam itself, I often dream that I am enrolled for some course with an exam looming soon. My class...
  9. LenaWenaKena

    I'm interested in physics but have no idea what path to take (14 years old)

    How did you find PF?: Google Search I'm new to this forum and I am currently 14 years old. I've recently taken an interest in physics(Due to popular science/ books and natural curiosity). But I have no idea what path to take so I could study it. I come from a poor and quite unsupportive family...
  10. H

    Studying Huge difference in the cost of education in UK and Germany

    I have searched for almost all courses and all universities and found that the fees of universities in UK is more than 10 times than those of Germany (if I were to convert both of those national currencies in my country's currency). Had education been some market product, I would have instantly...
  11. matqkks

    Introduction to pure mathematics

    TL;DR Summary: education, history I need to devise a module for next academic year which is an introduction to pure mathematics. They need to use this module as a stepping stone module such as number theory, group theory, combinatorics, real analysis. What should I cover to make this an...
  12. S

    Correlation between the level of education and the number of friends

    I have heard, that a study was performed, maybe in Brazil, and it showed that a correlation was found – more educated people have less friends. I was unable to google this work. Maybe somebody here knows it? I found only the following...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. M

    Admissions Want to continue my Formal Education

    Hi everyone, I was a high school student back in 2010 and then I got problems in life where my studies were left behind. I do a lot of self study. But now I want to continue, do a Bs graduation degree but I don't know if any college in world allows a online physics degree. I searched for Arizona...
  16. lyra-stem

    From a teacher’s perspective, what gaps do you see in STEM education?

    Hello everyone! I’m a college student interested in starting a nonprofit organization centered around supplementing classroom STEM education. After working with a few schools and teachers in my area (Northern NJ), I’ve been told that students could benefit from more learning opportunities...
  17. P

    Education articles about Astronomy helping learning Math and Physics

    Is there any specialize articles that talk about how Astronomy can help learning Math and Physics? In particular, how observational astronomy can help in the learning process of Math and Physics.
  18. matqkks

    Classical Mathematics textbooks

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

    Job Skills Organizing Your Education on Your Resume

    Hello Friends, Can someone please provide some advice on how I should list my education on my resume? I know typically you are supposed to list your education in chronological order. This also typically aligns with the degree order as well (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PhD). I went back to...
  20. Frabjous

    The Education of a Physicist (1965)

    Some quotes from the book from the PhysicsToday book review. https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.3034185 Many would not be out of place today.
  21. Eclair_de_XII

    Job Skills Is a formal education usually mandatory to land a coding job?

    Suppose the applicant has had absolutely no formal education in systems administration or computer science, but has demonstrated coding experience demonstrating his aptitude for both. Would his application be redirected to the physical equivalent of /dev/null the moment that human resources...
  22. O

    Job Skills Labelling one's questions, interests and education (career wise)

    Hello, at the moment I have been trying to find the correct academic label for desired studies and work. I initially structured my studies around entering animated entertainment and just wanted to focus on becoming a production animator, however I found I was also very interested in the...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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.
  27. 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...
  28. D

    Courses Physics education PhD then MSc Physics

    Hi, I am currently a physics teacher at secondary school level (high school). I have been offered to do a PhD in physics education in an area of research that interests me and relates to physics teaching. I am aware that physics education PhDs might not open up as many career opportunities...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. C

    Discovering Drum Head Patterns for Music Education

    Hey everyone - I run a music school and learning about how sound works is really helpful in talking about tone production, volume, and just understanding in general what's going on. As part of that,. I'm looking for a pattern that I could print on a drum head that would show how the head moves...
  32. T

    Books on teaching and education

    Hello there. My questions are: do you know of any books you could suggest reading for teaching and how to educate? How someone can change his teaching styles and what to add to improve students' attention, interest and make them study on their own? Should he speak generally to all the students...
  33. jk22

    Meta discussion about education

    At the base isn't education just imposing prof's beliefs and way of acting to learners ? So it lasts only if learners copy, but everyone knows that the system is kidding and contradictory, so isn't education fragile ? That's why the profs control and eventually punish discrepancies between what...
  34. Y

    Engineering Question for Systems Engineers and Education

    I work as a systems engineer for electrical systems. I did my undergraduate in electrical engineering, and have a masters in electrical engineering. I'm currently in a graduate certificate program for systems engineering, and am considering upgrading it to a flow blown masters degree, so that...
  35. J

    China's PISA Performance: Talent or Education System?

    Is China allways first at PISA test because they have the most people in the world so statistically they must produce the most number of talent children? Or they have the best education system?
  36. 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...
  37. 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. https://animatedscience.co.uk/eureka-physics-videos-2 I have 2 pressing questions. 1) Where to locate these...
  38. F

    Physics education journals

    Which journal is the best in the field? Which is better between American Journal of Physics and Physical Review Physics Education Research?
  39. SamRoss

    Any good education journals, magazines, etc.?

    I had to suffer through a lot of pseudo-science to earn my master's in education. I am suffering through more of it now while I "study" for my administration license. In fact, because anachronistic theories such as VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners) get floated around so much in the...
  40. 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 ...
  41. J

    Studying Trying to fill large gaps in my math education

    I am currently 21 years old in my 4th of 5 years of physics undergrad (switched into physics). I have massive gaps in the math education I should have gotten from 6th to 12th grade because I was a completely unmotivated student back then. Although I have done well in calculus, diff eqns and...
  42. 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...
  43. Wrichik Basu

    Other How faulty is the current education system?

    Having spent five months as an undergraduate with physics major, I found that there are two types of students who come to study physics: 1. For a job, and 2. For pursuing research. This thread is concerned with the second type only. Among many other problems, here are two that have concerned me...
  44. Vividly

    Physics One-on-One Education Program - Bespoke Professional Teaching

    Does anyone know of a one on one program education system that is similar to a bespoke education where a professional in a field teaches you? Thanks.
  45. 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...
  46. robins thomas

    What are the benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?

    What is benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?
  47. 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...
  48. chemisthypnos

    Trying to build a miniature binary geothermal plant for education

    I am trying to build a miniature (it should fit on a desk) binary geothermal power plant for educational purposes. I obviously do not expect to drill into the ground with this power plant, but I hope to be able to demonstrate new design principles with it. I have many questions as to how to do...
  49. H

    Calculators High School Technology education throughout the years

    I'm curious how technology education in high school has progressed throughout the years. I graduated HS in '89. While there I had three semesters of programming. Basic on an Apple 2E and RPG 2 and COBOL on an IBM systems 3 mid-range. Punch cards for the win. Please share your experiences.
  50. Eourlk

    How can I learn more without pursuing a formal education?

    Summary: I have an undergrad CS degree, but I'm trying to learn about quantum mechanics without going back to school. I'm interested in learning more about quantum mechanics, but I'm having trouble finding a starting point. It seems like every time I try to learn more about a particular QM...