The problem with problem-solving

Posted in Teaching on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s all very predictable, It’s the sort of stuff that’s regularly churned out by organisations like the OECD and countless education gurus, consultants and so-called futurists. Indeed, pick up any article about education these days and you’re likely to come across references to problem-solving, creativity and even empathy. Apparently these are the ‘skills’ that graduates will need to acquire if they are to be ‘fully engaged global citizens’ or whatever the cliché of the day is …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 July]

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Skills Development

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the availability on an ongoing basis of sufficiently qualified young persons with the skill sets sufficient to meet the demands of the modern workplace, academically and technically; the degree to which corrective steps are needed to address deficiencies in this vital area in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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The Irish Times view on university rankings: the cost of failing to invest

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The popularity of university rankings owes much to their simplicity. They claim to identify the best institutions around the world by comparing indicators – such as student-staff ratios, research citations and reputation – and combining them into an aggregated score …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 June]

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Time to decide on third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Failure to fund higher education stores up problems for the future. It is close to three years since the publication of the report of the expert group on funding Ireland’s third level institutions. According to the Cassells Report, the sector required additional investment of €600m annually until 2021, rising to €1bn from 2030 …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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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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‘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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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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At Charter Launch, IUA Calls on Government to ‘Step Up’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today called on the government to ‘step up to the challenge and match the ambition’ of Irish universities, at the launch of a charter designed to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe by 2026. University autonomy was at the core of the charter, as well as student accessibility …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 September]

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The value of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Laura Kennedy asks, ‘What value is a university education?’. The answer is clearly outlined in the OECD Education at a Glance 2018 Report just published this week. The OECD confirms that 25- to 64-year-old workers in Ireland with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent earn 67% more than those with secondary education only …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Irish Times, 17 September]

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OECD report shows Irish education system underfunded – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD says that the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report clearly illustrates that investment in education in Ireland is way below what it should be, despite Government rhetoric …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 September]

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Spending on education has not kept up with rising number of students – OECD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Spending on education in Ireland has not kept up with the rising number of students, according to the international think-tank, the OECD. Most countries in the developed world are spending more per student than at the start of the financial crisis, but Ireland is one of the small number that is not …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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International report endorses work of teachers and lecturers

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest OECD international indicators – Education At A Glance 2018 – highlight the excellent work of Irish teachers and lecturers. Once again, the report emphasises the value of educational attainment to both the individual and society …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 September]

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End of the line for the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills required for workplace are changing fast. The must-have career attributes to future-proof today’s school-leavers, according to the World Economic Forum, include creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Universities need more entrepreneurship in the arts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities should increase the entrepreneurship taught in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The review looked at five higher education institutes selected by the Department of Education and the OECD …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Improve Links Between Business and Higher Education, Says New International Report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new international report into entrepreneurship education in Ireland has called on colleges and the government to continue supporting startups – and asked universities to be ‘innovative’ themselves as they look to engage with businesses across the world …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all, according to a new report from the international think-tank the OECD. The country ranks 17th out of 32 around the world in terms of what the State devotes, on average, to individual students, from primary through to third level. At primary level alone, Ireland is 19th out of 32 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Opinion: Junior cycle reforms are a badly needed corrective

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children return to school today after the Christmas break and for many of those in third year the mock Junior Certificate exams are only weeks away. The recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results were good news for Ireland, showing our 15 year olds are doing well in reading, maths and science in comparison with many other countries …” (more)

[Frank Milling, Irish Times, 9 January]

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