Why are our PISA science scores declining?

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the more interesting aspects of the media coverage of the 2018 PISA results is that there was little or no coverage of the fact that our science scores declined for the second time in a row. Whereas, our score was 522 in 2016, it’s now 496. Given the hype around STEM and the huge amount of time and resources devoted to getting students to ‘engage’ with STEM, that does seem a little ironic. Or perhaps it’s not …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 9 December]

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Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Extra time could make huge difference for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students with certain disabilities say they should not have to suffer financial penalties if they need extra time to complete a college course, and have called on the Government to facilitate them. Currently students who do not complete 60 credits each year are deemed part-time and lose the SUSI grant covering the €3,000 annual registration fee and other maintenance …” (more)

[Carole Coleman, RTÉ News, 8 December]

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A Timely Reminder of Higher Education’s Profound Inequalities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week’s report in the Irish Times – which found that students from private secondary schools have a significant advantage when it comes to earning places on competitive university courses – should have come as no surprise to anyone. History is loaded with evidence that students from affluent backgrounds have the odds stacked in their favour when it comes to excelling academically …” (more)

[University Times, 8 December]