Universities resist quotas on teacher-training courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific subjects. As part of a series of measures to boost the supply of teachers in key subjects such as science, maths and languages, Mr Bruton has announced plans to introduce subject quotas for postgraduate teacher education programmes at second level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 February]

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OECD prepares to measure teaching quality

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 7th, 2015 by steve

International“The world’s richest nations are due to decide this month whether to press ahead with a major international project to measure university teaching quality that could offer a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for East Asian universities to improve their standing, possibly at the expense of the Western elite …” (more)

[John Morgan, InsideHigherEd, 7 May]

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Seven myths of university teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“Teaching is creative, intellectually challenging and rewarding, but it is also elusive and complex. This makes it rich territory for the development of myths that offer a damaging view of university teaching – myths that are often supported by the ways in which teaching is presented, evaluated and rewarded …” (more)

[Paul Ashwin, Times Higher Education, 26 February]


Maths graduates and teaching posts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Regarding Prof Ted Hurley’s call for newly qualified maths graduates to be offered a bonus to pursue teaching, perhaps a more appropriate incentive would be the prospect of a career as a maths teacher …” (more)

[Nuala Flanagan, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Postgraduate go-slow brought to an end

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A go-slow protest by PhD students in the School of Chemistry has been brought to an end this week after a proposed cut to their hourly demonstrating rate was shelved on Friday. Students resumed full teaching responsibility on Monday …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 16 October]

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JobBridge to nowhere

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“… some fairly disgusting stuff revealed here about how some in education are using the JobBridge scheme. Cleaners, SNA’s, the non-existent posts of ‘Classroom Assistants’ and ‘Cúntoir Ranga’ as well as ‘School Assistants’. There’s no other word but exploitation to describe this …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 20 September]

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OECD publishes study on Irish education

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“The proportion of young people in Ireland who are unemployed and not engaged in any training or education programme is higher than other developed countries, according to a study published today by the OECD …” (more)

[The OECD study is here]
[RTÉ News, 9 September]

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Institutional Fear and Academic Performance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“I had a discussion with a senior colleague the other day about ways to improve the quality of learning experiences in the institution. Many institutions in the UK and elsewhere have in recent years seen some very unpleasant restructuring programmes which left many out of work …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 25 June]

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In Europe, Contradictory Messages About Teaching and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2013 by steve

EU“Recently in Europe, as in many other countries, there has been a growing focus on research to the detriment of teaching and learning. There are some signs, however, that the pendulum may be beginning to swing back – ever so slowly …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 September]

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The best place to learn teaching is on the job

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“Anthony Seldon says the best way to improve teaching in universities is through tough appraisals based on student feedback …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 19 September]


Is university research good for teaching?

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 21st, 2013 by steve

Australia“Australian higher education is dominated by its universities, and therefore by institutions that have dual teaching and research missions. There is a long debate about whether these two activities complement or contradict each other …” (more)

[Andrew Norton, The Conversation, 21 July]

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The ‘McAleese’ Report on Third Level

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Examiner today has a story about the (upcoming?) EU report on Third Level education. Apparently it is going to propose that the educators get a bit of an education on how to teach. It’s hard to argue with that …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 24 June]

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Let’s ban Google from colleges …

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Four words that strike terror and despair into the hearts of all academics : ‘oh, I googled it’. In TCD students have access to perhaps the finest research library on the Island …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 23 June]

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Teachers and principals could face a review every year

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The chief schools inspector has raised the prospect of annual reviews of the performance of teachers and principals …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]


Educated in Ireland: a call for data

Posted in Teaching on March 20th, 2013 by steve

“It’s hard to get away from education. I was home in bed yesterday, struck down by some virus or other when I turned on the TV only to end up watching the Oireachtas Committee on Education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 March]


When a Student’s Comment Feels Like a Personal Attack

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2013 by steve

“… Those of us who’ve taught for a while probably have had more than one of these experiences. ‘Do you make these exam questions tricky on purpose?’ a student once asked me in class. ‘Making us work in groups when we don’t want to is bad teaching’, a student recently told a colleague …” (more)

[Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus, 13 March]


Drop in teaching college applications ‘unsurprising’ – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said that figures published by the CAO that show a significant reduction in the number of students choosing to become teachers is ‘unsurprising’ considering the way new entrants to the profession have been treated in recent years …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 March]

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In praise of practice

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Education is a bit like parenting. In the same way that we cannot mould our children in our preferred image, educators cannot really control what people learn. We can do our best to guide them, to motivate them and to help them understand concepts and acquire skills, but we cannot make people learn …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 25 February]

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Textbooks, Post Holders and Teacher’s Autonomy?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“I trained to become a teacher in the UK back in 2002 after ‘teaching’ for a year in Ireland when there was a huge teacher shortage and anyone with a degree could get themselves a position. Like many untrained personnel at the time, I had to guess how to teach and essentially reverted to the way I remembered being taught …” (more)

[Anseo.net, 20 February]

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Teacher unions fighting to maintain standards

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“I’ve been a member of a secondary teaching union (ASTI) for the length of my career. I’ve noticed in recent years that, along with the general union-bashing I hear on the airwaves, some of my own colleagues are starting to complain about their union …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 February]

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