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Measurement scales and their use in education

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When we want to conduct a study in the field of education, we find variables whose quantification is not possible or directly realizable. This is the case, for example, of a person’s sex, motivation or attitude towards studies. According to the nature of data, a measurement scale is the instrument that allows to classify them, order them, and even perform statistical tests for their analysis. How are these scales used? The first step is their creation, for which it is necessary to know what type of variable we are going to deal with. Thus, scales are classified into nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio: Nominal scales deal with variables that can only be classified (e.g., sex: male or female). Ordinal scales deal with variables that cannot only be classified, but also ordered…

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Lectura y sociabilidad

Reading and Sociability in the Days of Social Media

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Have those interested in reading ever wondered what elements characterize contemporary reading practices? Or, by chance, have they wondered how new technologies have transformed the ways of being a reader in the last decades?
The research titled “Sociabilidad y nuevas tecnologías en las prácticas lectoras. Un estudio en Ciudad de México“ …

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Humanidades en la Universidad

The Humanities at the University

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While there is no single classification of the disciplines that comprise what we nowadays know as “the humanities,” it could be generally stated, as Edward Said does in Humanism and Democratic Criticism, that they are reflexive disciplines that propose an interpretation of the world and of the human being, while questioning their own act of interpretation…

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Humanities & Democracy

Are the humanities useful for democracy or should they be?

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When we think about reasons to justify the existence of Humanities departments at universities, one of them has been that they are essential to maintain democracy. This reason, however, could limit the humanities to their practical usefulness, which would leave out the study of some areas whose political or economic usefulness is not so obvious…

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Tarzan's spelling

Tarzan’s Spelling

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Writing is a means of guiding the reader from one idea to another; a barrier gate that closes and opens the way at the same time. This is valid for any language, from the symbolic language of literature or daily uses of speech to the transactional utilitarian language used in expository texts, in both the work environment and personal messages proliferating in social media…

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Agricultura familiar en Colombia

Family farming in Colombia and its contribution to peace

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Family farming in Colombia: Case studies from multi-functionality and its contribution to peace, a co-edition among the university press of Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC), Uniminuto, and Confederación Agrosolidaria de Colombia, is the result of a research project motivated by the International Year of Family Farming (2014), which invited the world to bring focus to the role of family farmers, their contribution to hunger mitigation, poverty, food safety, and environmental protection. Researchers from different disciplines and universities joined efforts to help characterize family farming in Colombia…

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agua contaminada

Contaminated water: a public health problem

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In the eighth plenary session of the United Nations held in New York (September 2000), 189 countries made a historic commitment: “To eradicate extreme poverty and improve the health and welfare of the world’s poorest people within 15 years,” laid out in the Millennium Declaration. However, in the report Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) published five years later, the international community was alerted to the fact that, while there has been some progress, there are still too many countries that are falling behind in the area of health…

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