Ireland ranks among highest for inter-generational educational disadvantage

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland ranks among the highest in the world for inter-generational educational disadvantage, international research shows. While around 18% of those aged 25-44 who had not completed second-level in 2012, the figure is just over 30% among those whose parents did not reach Leaving Certificate themselves …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Are College Lectures Unfair?

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2015 by steve

USA“Does the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent?The notion may seem absurd on its face. The lecture is an old and well-established tradition in education. To most of us, it simply is the way college courses are taught …” (more)

[Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times, 12 September]

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Guest Blog: John Buckley, Spun Out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“There’s room for a shed load of clichés when it comes to defining what education is, not in a negative way, but it’s hard not to repeat the absolute value that education offers to both individuals and societies. In my job, I come across people who experience different levels and types of education advantage and, unfortunately, disadvantage …” (more)

[Education Is …, 25 September]

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‘Elitist’ remarks spark fury in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2011 by steve

“More than two dozen academics have branded as ‘outrageous’ the president of UCC’s comment that the pressure of providing access for disadvantaged students was triggering an exodus of top students to study abroad …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 December]

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Getting it wrong on access students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2011 by steve

“We were deeply concerned by the comments attributed to UCC President Dr Michael Murphy concerning access students (Irish Examiner, Dec 21) …” (more)

[Martin J Power and others, Irish Examiner, 24 December]

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High numbers of pupils still leaving school early

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2009 by steve

“Significant numbers of students are continuing to drop out of school before their Junior Certificate. Despite a range of initiatives to tackle educational disadvantage, early school leaving persists. And many of those who leave early regret their decision, new research has found …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 December]

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