Girls outperform boys when computer science is on curriculum

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International evidence confirms girls get better grades than boys when computer science is on the school curriculum. Ireland needs to learn from other developed countries when it comes to introducing computer science as a subject and encouraging girls to participate in courses …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 21 February]

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Concern over drop-out rates in computer science courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education officials are concerned at high dropout rates in maths-related courses, where up to 80% of students are failing to progress beyond first year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Third Level Qualifications Data: Computer Science

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she has taken in the past number of years to increase the number of computer science graduates; the cost of the €1,000 top-up to block grants to each higher level institute, by computer science student enrolled; if this programme has been a success; the number of additional computer science graduates it has led to; her concerns and those of the Higher Education Authority regarding the reduced quality of computer science graduates as a result of the increased intake …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 December]

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Computer science in schools

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your recent article ‘Ireland needs to switch on or be left behind in computer science’ (January 20th), Ireland had a Leaving Certificate computer studies course. I operated it from 1982 for over 20 years …” (more)

[Eamonn McQuade, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Plan for Leaving Cert computer science module ‘tokenistic’

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans to include computer science in a new applied maths syllabus have been criticised as ‘tokenistic’ and retrograde by maths teachers. The proposal to teach 45 hours of computer programming as part of the Leaving Cert Applied Maths course is contained in a review of that subject following the controversial roll-out of Project Maths …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 January]

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David Willetts: computer science courses ‘catastrophically boring’

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Education is failing to keep up with the needs of businesses and putting people off studying IT, science and universities, Minister David Willetts has said …” (more)

[Matt Warman, Daily Telegraph, 23 May]

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