Thoughts on Motivation

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When I was a youngster I devoured popular science books. I watched the BBC science programme, Horizon, religiously, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was the highlight of the TV week for me. I was a bit of nerd. But as worked my through the education system and tried to find a happy medium between fascination and employability, I ended up studying chemical engineering …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 April]

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Cogitate, don’t regurgitate

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2012 by steve

“It is, of course, a serious academic offence to pass off somebody else’s work as your own. Universities are in the business of accrediting students as having acquired certain knowledge and skills, and it is a fraud on potential employers if students have cheated in their assessments. Yet research suggests that plagiarism is much more widespread than most academics realise, to the extent that degree standards are in serious danger …” (more)

[George MacDonald Ross, Times Higher Education, 5 July]

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Two New ‘Two Cultures’ in the Academy

Posted in Life on June 12th, 2009 by steve

UK“Faced with the complexities of academic life today, it is easy to look back at CP Snow’s fifty-year-old ‘two cultures’ distinction between the arts and the sciences with a certain nostalgia. Back in Snow’s day, the difference was simply a matter of intellectual orientation that was readily traceable to the rise of specialist training on both sides of the divide. In contrast, nowadays academia is divided in ways that do not so neatly cut across disciplinary boundaries. Put bluntly, people are motivated quite differently to move in and around the precincts of higher education. And often these motives work at cross-purposes, resulting in a crisis of identity for the university. I want to highlight two current ‘two culture’ divides that are easily spotted in and around the university …” (more)

[Making the university safe for intellectual life in the 21st century, 10 June]