Maynooth University to open €14m school of education as college celebrates 90-year teaching tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) is celebrating a tradition in teacher training that goes back more than 90 years, with the opening of a new €14m school of education. From a modest six students on the higher diploma in education at Maynooth in 1926 , an average of 600 teachers a year now qualify in Maynooth and it has more than 12,600 graduates on the Teaching Council register …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 February]

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Salaries for education graduates drop more than for other sectors

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Starting salaries for education graduates have dropped by more than for graduates of any other field of study over recent years, new figures indicate. Despite the fall, they remain among the best paid graduates in their first year out of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Staff and students protesting at former CICE site in Rathmines

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Board of Governors of the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) has repeatedly sought assistance from the Department of Education in attempting to resolve issues with staff there through the Workplace Relations Commission, Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Staff and students at former Church of Ireland college protest

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students at the former Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) in Dublin’s Rathmines are to stage a protest on Friday at what they claim has been a failure to resolve serious issues since the college was moved to Drumcondra last year. The protest will take place at its former Rathmines location …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Academics don’t even read education research, so why should teachers?

Posted in Research on December 31st, 2016 by steve

“If I were to ask you: what is the most common number of citations that an education research paper receives, what would you guess? I’ll put you out of your misery: the answer is 0 …” (more)

[Gary Davies, 29 December]


Looney to head DCU education faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Looney has been appointed as head of Dublin City University’s new Faculty of Education. The new faculty is the result of the incorporation into the university of three formerly independent colleges of education: the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei teacher training colleges, and the Church of Ireland College of Education. Dr Looney is currently CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 August]

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DCU courses to move to All Hallows

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students of Fiontar on the DCU Glasnevin Campus have been informed that their lectures will take place on the All Hallows campus next year. The move comes as part of the incorporation between DCU, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and Church of Ireland College of Education. ‘The New DCU’ will be rolled out from September 2016 with a wide range of changes taking place across campuses and across disciplines …” (more)

[The College View, 6 April]

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New DCU Institute to transform Irish educational landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD has today launched a report outlining the vision and structure of a ground-breaking new Institute of Education which will improve the quality of education for all the children of Ireland …” (more)

[Dublin City University, 20 June]

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Education and Science Quotes

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“Here are some nice quotes, sayings and downright clichés related to education, science and innovation that I have come across over the last while as I read and researched for this blog and my ebook …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 January]

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No change to H Dip student grants

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2011 by steve

“There will be no change to student grant eligibility as a result of a reclassification of the so called H Dip teacher qualification, the Department of Education has confirmed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 October]

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University Plans to Down-Grade the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education

Posted in Teaching on October 14th, 2011 by steve

“Below is a short post from a student teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, on a decision made by our country’s universities to down-grade the Post Graduation Diploma in Education (PGDE) from a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 9 qualification to a Level 8 (at the same level as a Higher Degree) – without any consultation with the students who have registered and paid for their course …” (more)

[Humphrey Jones, More Stress, Less Success, 14 October]

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Proposal to build €49m education campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2011 by steve

“A planning application has been lodged for a €49 million education and training campus on the 22-acre grounds of a former seminary and secondary school in Cork city. The proposed new campus at the Farranferris College site on the north side of the city will include three educational buildings, a small retail premises, a two-storey creche, a multi-level car park and 90 dwellings of one to three storeys …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 12 July]


Secondary education not reflecting role of technology, claims Minister

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2011 by steve

“We have been ‘codding’ ourselves in believing we have one of the best education systems in the world, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has said. Our modern technology-driven existence is not reflected in the secondary school education received by students …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Education is an issue worth fighting for

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2011 by steve

“The country finds itself in its present perilous and almost insolvent state due in no small part to the manner in which it was governed for too long, by a ruling elite and political class who were ill-equipped, ill-prepared and ill-educated for the task …” (more)

[Colin Quigley, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Book Review: Deschooling Society

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2010 by steve

“‘Classics’ wrote Mark Twain, ‘are something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read’. Judging by the number of copies in the library, I’m obviously the last person with an interest in Education to have read this book, and it is a real classic …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 19 November]


Online college to offer HDip in education

Posted in Teaching on November 16th, 2010 by steve

“The private online Hibernia College is set to provide the higher diploma in education (HDip), the main gateway to second-level teaching. An application by Hibernia has been endorsed by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Whither Irish Education?

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2010 by steve

“The Irish Times asked me to do an update of my MacGill Summer School speech for their recent Innovation Magazine. It was limited to 800 or so words, but I also took the opportunity to cross reference (both URLs are given later below) the recent article by Der Spiegel on the internet and German teenagers, and also Bill Gates’ recent observations on the future of education …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 29 August]


Ex-Intel chair slams inadequate Irish education

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2010 by steve

“The recently retired chairman of technology giant Intel has predicted we will end up an economic backwater if we do not radically reform how we educate our workforce. Craig Barrett, who stepped down in May 2009, said companies like Intel could thrive without ever hiring another Irish person and the Government had to justify investment …” (more)

[Conor Ryan, Irish Examiner, 15 February]

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Education as a tool for affecting the future

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2010 by steve

“Ronan Lyons has a piece on his blog which is worth a read even though it’s not really anything majorly new in terms of what anyone with an interest in the economic well-being of Ireland should be aware of. He has pointed out that we’re losing a generation of young men to unemployment and education. The question is, what do you do about it? …” (more)

[Things that strike me, 9 February]


School tests abusive, says academic

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A North American educationalist working at NUI Galway (NUIG) has said that school tests are ‘abusive’ and children will learn just as well without them. Speaking at NUIG Prof Eugene Galanter said that children should be ‘educated, not scored’. Tests, he said, ‘terrify children and parents, resulting in sleepless nights, and their only result is to permit one parent to tell another how much better her child is doing’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 November]

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