29-11-2018  Thursday

02 August to 31 December, 2018

Philosophy of Education

Every Monday (11:30-13:30), Thursday (11:00-13:00)

Venue: Main Building Seminar Room - 217

Coordinator: Dr. G. Kaur

Philosophy of Education for 1st year (Foundational Elective)
10 August to 15 December, 2018

Advanced Topics in Cognition

Every Tuesday (15:00 - 17:00), Thursday (11:00-13:00)

Venue: Main Building LSR Lab - 102

Coordinator: Prof. S. Chandrasekharan, Ms. D. Dutta & Mr. Durgaprasad K.

Advanced Topics in Cognition for 2nd Year (Elective)


Pre- Departure Training Camp (Junior Science) 2018

Date: 22 November to 01 December, 2018
Time: 09:00 - 05:30

Venue: NIUS Building IJSO Lab

Coordinator: Dr. P. K. Joshi

Pre- Departure Training Camp (Junior Science) 2018
29 November, 2018

Talk by Shri Kishorekumar Darak


Venue: Main Building Seminar Room - 217

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Talk by Shri Kishorekumar Darak


Thursday Seminar on "Why do boys do better than girls on (most) physics tests? And what can we do about it?"

Date: 29 November, 2018
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Main Building Lecture Room - G1

Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar


Dr. Kate Wilson, School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia


Girls are underrepresented in STEM at high school, and women are underrepresented in STEM degrees and careers. Part of the reason for this is that, while girls do as well as boys on classroom based assessment, girls underperform on competitive examinations. In India and many other countries, competitive examinations are used to decide university entrance. We have been looking at differences in boys’ and girls’ performance on competitive examinations for the Science Olympiad programs in Australia and India. We find that there are particular types of questions that have large gender gaps. Often the gap is due to the way the question is presented, not to the content it is examining. Negative marking widens the gap. We can reduce gaps by careful question design, and also by better teaching practices.

About the Speaker:

Dr Kate Wilson, SFHEA, is a senior lecturer and Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Canberra (@ADFA) in the School of Engineering and IT, and the Learning and Teaching Group (LTG). Kate teaches Engineering and Teaching at UNSW, and is a past Director of the Australian Science Olympiads Physics Program. Kate does research on gender and assessment in science, student learning in physics, and on first year transition. She is an author of five textbooks for high school and university physics. These books are informed by current education research, including Kate’s own research into learning in physics. Kate also runs a primary school science enrichment program, which uses fun hands-on activities to teach fundamental ideas in biology, chemistry and physics.