Gaps remain in educational outcomes of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Significant gaps remain between educational outcomes of students in disadvantaged second-level schools and others despite the success of targeted Government investment. A new analysis of the impact of the Department of Education’s DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme shows that low family income has become more of a factor in a student’s achievement rather than reducing in significance …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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When it Comes to Grade Inflation, TEP Could Offer Solutions

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For many, the news last week that Trinity students are the most likely in Ireland to get a first-class degree will hardly have come as any great surprise. Trinity courses are, after all, among those with the highest points in the country. For others, however, that a fifth of Trinity graduates get firsts is a sign that grade inflation – an issue that has vexed education systems for decades – in College is spiralling dangerously …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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Big demand for Leaving Cert reform from pupils

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Huge demand for reform of the Leaving Cert has emerged in new research commissioned by the organisation representing principals in post-primary schools. Students and parents are to the fore in seeking radical changes, with three in four recent school-leavers backing a system of continuous assessment rather than reliance on a final exam and the pressure that involves …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Concerns raised over HEA interim chief’s ‘lack of experience in higher education’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) board raised concerns about the appointment of an interim chief executive after the former head of the organisation resigned. Dr Graham Love announced in August that he would be standing down as head of the higher education body just 1½ years after his appointment …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert deemed by just 4% of pupils as fair test of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just one in 25 Leaving Cert students believe the exam is a fair and accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills, according to a new survey. The study also found a vast majority of students (76%) support a move towards continuous assessment to help ease the pressure and stress linked to summer exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Trinity Students circulate open letter to Provost condemning TEP

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity students have this week circulated an open letter, calling for signatures from students condemning the ‘catastrophic’ implementation of the Trinity Education Project (TEP). The letter has been signed by over 100 students and will be sent to the Irish Times next week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 6 January]

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‘Class gap’ in top universities revealed in latest enrolment figures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from fee-paying schools far more likely to attend a handful of top Dublin-based universities, according to new figures that highlight the extent of the ‘class gap’ in higher education. Students from fee-paying schools account for between 25% and 30% of new undergraduates at Trinity and UCD in the current academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests. In surveys conducted for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), all three groups agreed with the need for change …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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