Computer science and Leaving Cert

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The review of the Leaving Cert applied maths course (‘Plan for Leaving Cert computer science module “tokenistic”‘, January 8th) is welcome indeed, as the current content is too narrowly focused on mathematical physics (beautiful as that subject is) …” (more)

[Lennon Ó Naraigh, Irish Times, 12 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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O’Sullivan signals philosophy to be taught in schools

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Philosophy is set to become a subject on the school curriculum for the first time under a plan formulated by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to extend reform of the junior cycle …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 December]

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Science teachers told to ignore consultation on Junior Cycle course

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A science course to be taught under the new Junior Cycle programme has been put out for consultation but teachers are being ordered by their unions not to take part. The surprise directive comes just days after the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 October]

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ASTI and junior cycle

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“A chara, – Joe Humphreys in his ‘Cog Notes’ column (September 16th) is very wide of the mark when he describes the position of ASTI and TUI on the Framework for Junior Cycle document as a ‘rejectionist stance’ …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Girls still do far better than boys in Junior Cert

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2014 by steve

“The Junior Certificate class of 2014 have shown, once again, how girls do better in exams. Female candidates in this year’s Junior Cert have outperformed the boys in almost all subjects, at all levels …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Transition Year: Not such a doss year after all

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2014 by steve

“Transition Year has survived criticism and cuts, but can it survive the new Junior Cert? Students have their say …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Minister’s autocratic approach endangering effective Junior Cert reform , says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Fianna Fáil last night claimed Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s continued refusal to listen to the concerns of teachers and many parents about the Junior Cert reform process is endangering its effective implementation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 April]

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Leaving Cert grades face radical change under plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“Leaving Certificate students are facing a new grading system for exams aimed at reducing the culture of ‘teaching to the test’ and rote learning in secondary schools. An expert steering group on reforming the ‘transition’ between second and third levels has called for an end to the 14-band grading system …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Changes to Leaving Cert to be delayed

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“Major changes to how Leaving Certificate exams are graded, and cuts to numbers of courses offered by colleges from what was available in 2011, will not take effect for another two to three years — at least a year later than first planned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 April]

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No major concerns over predictability of exams

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“The final area of reform promised by Ruairi Quinn was around predictability in Leaving Certificate exams which — along with narrow grade bands mostly separated by just 5% — it had been suggested promotes rote learning and ‘teaching to the test’ in schools instead of focusing on the curriculum …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 April]

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Quinn to propose Leaving Cert with new system of grading

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A new system of Leaving Certificate grades — each 10% apart — is the most likely to be formally proposed to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn soon as part of a plan to ease pressures on students chasing points for college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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New Leaving Cert science courses may not ‘set the bar high enough’, report warns

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“A planned new syllabus for Leaving Cert science subjects is in danger of creating lower standards by focusing on ‘learning outcomes’ rather than traditional building blocks of knowledge, a leading researcher has warned. Prof Áine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at University College Cork, has criticised the planned reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Outdated Leaving Cert subjects to get 21st century revamp

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2014 by steve

“Long-overdue reforms are on the way for a raft of Leaving Cert subjects, including the controversial economics syllabus which has not changed in 40 years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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Leaving Cert grades scheme set for changes

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“A move away from 14 different Leaving Certificate grades is likely on foot of recommendations about to be made by a Government advisory body …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Increase in common entry degrees among reform ideas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“Three areas of reform were identified for closer examination by the Irish Universities Association in a report 18 months ago on overhauling college entry systems. Among them was the idea of more common-entry degrees, as universities acknowledged that this could help reduce pressure and allow students more time to think about areas in which they would like to specialise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

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New era for schools in radical overhaul of exams

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2013 by steve

“Students will get marks for sporting performance, writing computer code or devising mental health campaigns under major changes to the Junior Cert syllabus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 October]

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Junior Cert replacement of ‘huge benefit’ to pupils

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“The replacement of the Junior Certificate by schools assessing their own students will bring major benefits, says the head of the organisation leading the changes …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 September]

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One step closer to Education system’s ‘Eureka’ moment?

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“… So what do the results show? Well, let’s start with the good news. In Maths, the number of students taking higher level is up considerably. In response to the introduction of 25 bonus points for opting for the higher paper, the numbers taking it have increased dramatically, up 58% over the past two years …” (more)

[Will Goodbody, RTÉ News Business Blog, 14 August]

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It’s time to start teaching philosophy as a formal subject in our secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“… Not teaching philosophy is a bit like not teaching English. People will do it anyway; they’ll just do it badly. More than any other discipline, philosophy teaches you how to think well …” (more)

[Steven Lydon, Irish Times, 1 August]

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