Thoughts on ‘Rote learning’

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandExamples of rote learning. A student writing ‘menagerie lion’ while explaining what the equator is. A student saying ‘5.cerivisiae’ instead of ‘S.cerevisiae’ when answering a question on yeast biology …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 7 May]

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Is there a role for rote learning?

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So here we are, then, back to work here in Maynooth for the last week of teaching. Or, to be precise, the last four days – yesterday was a Bank Holiday. With university and school examinations looming, it is no surprise to find an article griping about the Irish Leaving Certificate examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 May]

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Cork’s largest student apartment development is granted planning permission

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

Ireland“Plans for Cork’s largest student apartment development has been granted planning permission. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship, 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 6 May]

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Examiner shortage poses ‘challenge’ to State exam standards

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A shortage of teachers prepared to work as examiners is posing a ‘significant challenge’ to the maintenance of standards in correcting the State exams, according to internal records. The State Examinations Commission, which has responsibility for organising the Junior and Leaving Cert, has been struggling in recent years to recruit teachers to correct exam papers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Graduate recruitment programmes on the rise as the class of 2019 soars

Posted in Life on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates of 2019: the lottery of time is on your side. Unlike those unfortunate enough to be blasted out into the labour market of 2009, we’re now approaching full employment. But just what does this mean for graduates who want a strong start to their career? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 May]

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