10% of Irish students feel physically sick at thought of exams – European report shows

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish students remain among the best readers in the developed world, an assessment of almost 600,000 students has found. However, ‘a challenge remains’ in supporting students to achieve the highest scores in maths and science, with relative improvements to be made in both subjects …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Pisa rankings: Irish teens among the best at reading in developed world

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teenagers in Ireland are among the top performers in the world in reading literacy, according to latest international standardised test scores. Irish 15-year-olds also perform above average in science and maths, according to the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results which were conducted last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Student Literacy, The Function of University, Truth about Poor Degrees

Posted in Teaching on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There were two alarming pieces about decline in university standards in the The Irish Times recently. The paper did not facilitate readers’ comments but here are some brief points that the articles ignored …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 28 February]

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Student literacy levels: ‘It is almost as if they are word blind’

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seeing when marking his students’ lab reports recently. ‘Some of the stuff I was grading was the worst I’d ever seen – even from good students. They just couldn’t see the rubbish they were handing up’, says Foley, an associate professor at Dublin City University’s school of biotechnology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Poor literacy levels: could smartphone use be part of the problem?

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’m quoted a bit in this article on literacy levels within the Irish third level student population. It’s been a very frustrating academic year and I’ve been hugely disappointed by the quality of the work I’ve been getting. The reason the work is so bad this year is that I decided, in the interest of my own physical and mental health, to stop spoon-feeding my students so much …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 25 February]

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‘Huge drop’ in literacy levels of Irish university graduates – OECD study

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 6% of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate, according to latest international research. These rates, contained in an OECD study, are significantly higher than in Finland (2%) or the Netherlands (3%), though are similar to the UK (7%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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The literacy imperative

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“The history of social progress, of public health, of prosperity has all been closely connected with the advance of literacy. Societies with high literacy rates are capable of social and technological progress that evades those with low literacy. The fact, for example, that the Central African Republic has a literacy rate of 37%, while in Germany it is 100%, gives you a very close idea of the difference in wellbeing between the two countries …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 May]

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Bruton counts on pupils to hit higher standards in maths and reading skills

Posted in Teaching on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher standards are being set for reading and maths performance among school pupils, after better-than-expected results from the 2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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Can Irish pupils be the world’s No 1 in reading?

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new literacy strategy introduced in schools in 2012 is showing positive results, but what more is needed to reach top of the class …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 December]

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PISA global education rankings are the road to ruin – here’s why

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2016 by steve

International“No doubt twitchy politicians and nervous bureaucrats are still digesting the triennial OECD test scores on international educational achievement. From all the media coverage, one thing is abundantly clear: this arithmetic continues its rise as vehicle of choice for social, economic and cultural improvement worldwide …” (more)

[James Conroy, The Conversation, 14 December]

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One in six Irish teens ‘low performers’ at maths

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One in six Irish students are classified as ‘low performers’ in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, found 17% of students in Ireland struggle with basic maths, 10% are below par in reading, and 11% are low performers in science …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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OECD and education

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was with a sense of pride in our teaching profession and our excellent education system that I read the latest report from the OECD on Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How to Help Them Succeed? Ireland, it seems, is in the top league when it comes to reducing the number of 15-year-olds who are underperforming in maths, reading and science …” (more)

[David O’Grady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Pushing remedial teaching higher and higher risks making a laughing stock of Irish education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘I’m supposed to be lecturing on politics but in reality I’m teaching remedial English.’ It would be comforting to report that this was heard recently but it was decades ago. A basic failure in Irish education is now long standing …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 2 February]

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Literacy levels and education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The claim that 20% of university graduates aged 20 to 34 in Ireland have ‘no more than a basic grasp of language’, which is based on a new OECD report on the PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) study, is problematic for a number of reasons …” (more)

[Gerry Shiel, Irish Times, 3 February]

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OECD apologises to Northern Ireland students for report error

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

UK“The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has apologised for publishing the wrong information about the reading, writing and maths skills of Northern Ireland university students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 February]

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OECD report on literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read Carl O’Brien’s article ‘OECD finds literacy an issue among university students’ (January 30th) with great dismay.The OECD reports that Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 February]

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OECD finds literacy an issue among university students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Universities offer ‘literacy clinics’ for students

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. Frequently, they come with little, if any, punctuation: ‘You have to fight your way through a forest of words to find some kind of path of understanding’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Global education targets will not be met, report finds

Posted in Teaching on March 26th, 2014 by steve

“None of the targets set in 2000 to improve basic education around the world will be met by the deadline next year, a report has found. Ireland was one of the 160 countries that agreed six goals relating to early childhood, universal primary and secondary education …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Future of third level: reader responses

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Several readers have written responses to our ongoing Future of Third Level series. Here is a selection of your contributions …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 February]

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