Bruton counts on pupils to hit higher standards in maths and reading skills

Posted in Teaching on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher standards are being set for reading and maths performance among school pupils, after better-than-expected results from the 2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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PISA global education rankings are the road to ruin – here’s why

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2016 by steve

International“No doubt twitchy politicians and nervous bureaucrats are still digesting the triennial OECD test scores on international educational achievement. From all the media coverage, one thing is abundantly clear: this arithmetic continues its rise as vehicle of choice for social, economic and cultural improvement worldwide …” (more)

[James Conroy, The Conversation, 14 December]

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Primary teachers should use religious class time to teach maths, says Quinn

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“Primary school teachers who are hard pressed to find enough hours in the day to address the school curriculum should consider switching time from religious instruction to providing literacy and numeracy skills. That is the view of Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Minister Sherlock announces launch of STEM Education Review Group

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today announced the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Education Review Group. The STEM Education Review Group will be chaired by Professor Brian Mac Craith, President of DCU …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 November]

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Literacy and numeracy among Irish average or below, according to survey

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2013 by steve

“One in six people here struggle with literacy while one in four lack numeracy skills, according to a major study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Irish adults at or below average for literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland was ranked as only average in terms of adult literacy and numeracy, according to international studies published this morning by the OECD and by the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Can International Rankings Answer Questions About Ed?

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2013 by steve

International“Ever since the OECD began publishing the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which compares the quality of schooling around the world, political leaders, education experts and others have stressed over how students in their own countries stack up …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 29 January]

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Hunger hindering primary education

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“Hunger is hindering some primary school pupils’ ability to learn basic literacy and numeracy, according to a school leader. Gerry Murphy, president of the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) said the incidence of food poverty is rising …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Overhauling the Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – The Irish education system took a further step towards irrelevance this week with the proposed abolition of Junior Certificate, widening even further the gap between educational standards and the requirements of the real world …” (more)

[JP Devlin, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Educated workers ‘have more trouble with reading skills’

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2012 by steve

“Workers who have completed the Junior Certificate are more likely to have reading and numeracy problems than those with no formal qualifications …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 24 September]

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Investigating PISA,Remembering Dorothy Heathcote, & Standardised Tests

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2011 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. PISA report series by Barry Hennessy. On this programme Barry begins a new series where he investigates the international PISA test of literacy and numeracy …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 17 October]

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