Is our education system effective?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The last round of PISA results suggested that we should be pretty proud of our education system here in Ireland. But a couple of recent studies suggest that maybe we’re not as ‘effective’ as we might think …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 February]

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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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Are junior cycle reforms on the right track?

Posted in Teaching on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries take a two-hour test designed to measure their ability to think. The release of the OECD’s Pisa rankings is a revealing moment for twitchy politicians and nervous civil servants …” (more)

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

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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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How should we respond to PISA 2015?

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The first media response to the recent PISA results was Breda O Brien’s article in the Irish Times. Unfortunately, her profile is such that many people will automatically dismiss her arguments, which are actually very well made, as just another example of right wing ideology …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 December]

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The Question: Why are our 15-year-old students so swotty?

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“We are notoriously fond of seeing our achievements up in lights on the global stage.So, one might have expected a bigger fuss made about the impressive performance of Ireland’s 15-year-old students in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results, published on Tuesday …” (more)

[Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 9 December]

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PISA findings a major endorsement of Irish teachers and students – TUI

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has described the findings of the PISA 2015 study as an endorsement of the high quality work of Irish teachers and students at a time of hugely damaging cuts to education. In all three areas which were examined, the scores of Irish students were significantly above the OECD average …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 6 December]

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OECD’s Ahelo will fail to launch, says education director

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 21st, 2015 by steve

International“The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development believes that its project to measure student learning outcomes around the world – billed as a university equivalent of its Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests for schools – could have gone ahead if the UK had signed up …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Why do girls outperform boys in the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in 50 of 58 Leaving Cert papers across higher and ordinary level, according to a gender analysis of this year’s results. This is part of a recurring pattern – and not just in Ireland. But why is this the case? …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, Irish Times, 15 August]

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England will not take part in OECD’s ‘Pisa for universities’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Doubts now raised over future of project billed as having potential to shake up hierarchy of world higher education. England will not take part in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s project to measure learning outcomes of graduates around the world, delivering a blow to the plan …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 15 July]

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AHELO: Universities Behaving Badly

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

International“So there’s some excitement being generated this month with respect to the OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). Roughly speaking, AHELO is the higher education equivalent of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 21 May]

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Minister Sherlock welcomes new report which places Ireland’s education system in 9th place globally

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, has welcomed The Learning Curve – Education and Skills for Life report which was recently published by education company Pearson …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 May]

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Irish teachers need to be upskilled to catch up with Asia, says OECD education chief

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers need to take ownership of their own profession if Ireland is to keep pace with the progress of Asian countries in comparative test scores, a leading educational expert has warned …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 May]

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Ruairi Quinn contributing to low morale in classroom – INTO

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is ‘overly negative’ about the quality of teaching and learning in Irish schools and is contributing to low morale in the classroom, the president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Schools do not have capacity for Minister’s Junior Cycle changes, say 89% of teachers – Millward Brown survey

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Only 11% of second-level teachers believe their school has good capacity to implement the Minister’s new Framework for Junior Cycle in September 2014, a survey by Millward Brown has found …” (more)

[ASTI, 16 April]

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Sixty per cent of teachers ‘feeling continuously stressed’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Job satisfaction among secondary school teachers has dropped sharply in the past five years, with administrative work and school evaluations among the biggest gripes. Only 44% of respondents in a survey published today said they were quite satisfied or very satisfied with their work …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 April]

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The Global Search for Education: What Germany Did

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Germany’s poor performance in the 2000 PISA test surprised and concerned the relevant stakeholders in that country. By 2012, scores in mathematics, reading and science were above the OECD average …” (more)

[CM Rubin, Huffington Post, 23 February]

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Calculus of innovation

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2014 by steve

“What is it American policy-makers do not get about proficiency in mathematics and science at high school being one of the most important predictors of economic success—both for individuals themselves and for the country as a whole? …” (more)

[The Economist, 14 January]

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Time to make science work in the classroom

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2014 by steve

“It is of great concern that children are losing interest in science and maths by the age of eight. This may be due to how science is taught at primary school level. Many primary school teachers did not experience science instruction as part of their teacher training …” (more)

[Ingrid Hook, Irish Times, 10 January]

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