Students call for overhaul of Leaving Cert programme

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A consultation process on senior cycle education has found a strong appetite for change among students, parents and teachers who contributed, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 7 November]

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Grade reforms push ‘ill-equipped’ students to take higher-level exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reforms which reward those who sit higher level exams are pressurising struggling students into taking on more challenging exam papers, according to new research. The ESRI study into the impact of grading reforms introduced in 2017 finds there is also evidence of growing inequality, with students in disadvantaged schools less likely to take up higher level subjects compared with students in better-off areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Grading changes risk further alienating less academic pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new grading system introduced two years ago was supposed to ease pressure on Leaving Cert students and take some of the heat out of the points race. However, a new study by the ESRI finds that, for some students, it has had the opposite effect …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Research shows some increase in number of students taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was introduced in June 2017 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 January]

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Stressed by the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As the mother of three teenage boys I concur with the findings of the ESRI’s report on the Leaving Cert (Carl O’Brien, Front page, December 17th). Students, parents and teachers are under huge pressure in the senior cycle. Schools and teachers do an exemplary job but the system pushes them to ‘teach to the test’ …” (more)

[Gillian Buckley, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Mixed views among teachers on changes to assessment methods for Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers have very mixed views on how badly-needed changes to assessment methods for Leaving Certificate should be introduced, early consultations have found. The issue could prove a stumbling block as efforts to remove problematic aspects of the two-year senior cycle progress, following major industrial unrest among teachers around new assessment methods for junior cycle …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 December]

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Leaving Cert pressure causing stress and ‘burnout’ among pupils

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The pressure of the Leaving Cert is causing stress, burnout and mental health problems among students, according to an official review of senior cycle education in secondary schools. The findings are contained in an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Minister announces review of career guidance system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced a wide-ranging review of the career guidance system in second and third level institutions. In 2012, 600 guidance counsellor posts were withdrawn from the education system. Some 500 of these have been restored in the past two budgets, but there are still concerns many students, particularly those in post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses, do not have access to adequate career guidance …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Almost half of workforce feel that they are ‘too good’ for their job

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of workers think they are too good for their jobs, according to a report to be published today. New research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) showed that 46pc of employees believed they were overqualified …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 5 December]

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Boys find it harder to concentrate at school, ESRI study finds

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young boys find it more difficult than girls to concentrate in school, according to a new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The Growing Up in Ireland study examined problems facing children aged seven and eight, and found that 19% of boys said sitting still and listening in school was difficult, compared to 8% of girls …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 November]

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Overeducation claims are one more attack on young people

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First they take the jobs. Then they take the housing. And now they target college education? The recent headline ‘Irish workers are the most overqualified in Europe’ should be treated with caution. If not, the Economic and Social Research Institution (ESRI) study to which it refers could become inadvertently the basis for another attack on the quality of life of young people …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Can you really be over-qualified? via @IrishTimes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“According Carl O’Brien, writing in last Friday’s Irish Times, Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe. This is based on ‘research carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) between 2000 and 2011’. About 60% of our school leavers progress onto third level education, and this is projected to rise to about 70% over the next decade …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 27 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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‘Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market, higher education work placements with the potential to develop into permanent posts and the provision of higher education job placement assistance were found to have substantial impacts in reducing the incidence of graduate mismatch. The use of private employment agencies was found to significantly heighten the risk of subsequent mismatch.

Seamus McGuinness, Adele Whelan and Adele Bergin, Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment? The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (December 2016), https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2016-0174.

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‘If you raise public sector pay and taxes, the rest of the economy loses’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior economist has warned the Government against fully restoring its 300,000 workers’ wages to rates they enjoyed before the crash in 2008 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 January]

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Ireland’s educators have the highest rates of work-related depression

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“People working in the Irish education sector are particularly at risk of developing work-related depression, a new study has found. According to the report from think-tank the ESRI, in Ireland the risk of SAD illness is highest for workers in the education sector …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Fora, 20 October]

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Better educated women ‘will continue to flood the workforce’

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Women are set to continue flooding into the workforce following a surge in the numbers in employment over the past two decades. The ESRI has predicted that the number of women of working age in jobs is set to rise sharply over the next five years …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 14 September]

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Campus life key to overseas students’ good experience

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges should focus on improving social and other experiences on campus to help keep their fast-growing international student populations happy with their studies, new research suggests …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 May]

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What Predicts International Higher Education Students’ Satisfaction with their Study in Ireland?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on May 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Across the OECD countries, the internationalisation of higher education has been firmly on the policy agenda. Between 2000 and 2011, the global number of international students more than doubled and in 2011 there were more than 4.5 million tertiary students enrolled outside their country of citizenship (OECD, 2013) …” (more)

[ESRI, 16 May]

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New teachers in mentoring scheme showing reduced stress levels

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New teachers who have taken part in a new mentoring programme show greater levels of improvement and lower levels of stress than other newly-qualified teachers, research shows. An ESRI report published on Wednesday examines the performance of the Droichead programme in which experienced teaching staff play a key role in supporting and assessing new teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 March]

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