Sixty per cent of teachers ‘feeling continuously stressed’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Job satisfaction among secondary school teachers has dropped sharply in the past five years, with administrative work and school evaluations among the biggest gripes. Only 44% of respondents in a survey published today said they were quite satisfied or very satisfied with their work …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 April]

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The Global Search for Education: What Germany Did

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Germany’s poor performance in the 2000 PISA test surprised and concerned the relevant stakeholders in that country. By 2012, scores in mathematics, reading and science were above the OECD average …” (more)

[CM Rubin, Huffington Post, 23 February]

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Calculus of innovation

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2014 by steve

“What is it American policy-makers do not get about proficiency in mathematics and science at high school being one of the most important predictors of economic success—both for individuals themselves and for the country as a whole? …” (more)

[The Economist, 14 January]

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Time to make science work in the classroom

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2014 by steve

“It is of great concern that children are losing interest in science and maths by the age of eight. This may be due to how science is taught at primary school level. Many primary school teachers did not experience science instruction as part of their teacher training …” (more)

[Ingrid Hook, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Dr Kenny Denny of UCD tells us (December 14th) that international ranking in Pisa tests are ‘mildly interesting’ and a ‘fetish’ concern. The variation in performance within Ireland and its causes is more interesting he tells us …” (more)

[Seán Mc Donagh, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 16th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – The Minister for Education (Education, December 10th) rightly praises schools for Ireland’s improved Pisa scores despite the severe cutbacks experienced due to economic recession …” (more)

[Colm O’Reilly, Irish Times, 16 December]

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PISA 2012: a note and a query

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2013 by steve

“I have a letter in today’s Irish Times about PISA, probably nothing I haven’t said here or elsewhere before …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 14 December]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Some of the public comment on the Pisa 2012 scores, both here and elsewhere, shows a basic misunderstanding of what Pisa can tell us. The ‘league tables’ show where we stand, on average, relative to other participating countries – no more and no less …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn (Education, December 10th) rightly states that parents can take much satisfaction from the latest Pisa international comparison in which Irish students scored significantly above the OECD average in all indicators …” (more)

[Gerard Craughwell, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Several points raised in your Editorial on the outcomes of the OECD’s 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa 2012) (December 10th) need clarification …” (more)

[Gerry Shiel and Rachel Perkins, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Analysis: Teacher’s report would say, ‘Satisfactory progress, but could do better’

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“Commentators from the Minister for Education to the teachers’ unions have responded positively to the Pisa international assessment of student abilities …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 December]

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The ‘learning’ tower of PISA

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“The PISA ‘scores’ have echoed around the world. Some results are improved, some are worse, some have stayed the same, some of us don’t care …” (more)

[levdavidovic, 3 December]

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In search of PISA: what can the 2012 PISA results tell us?

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“The latest round of PISA results are out sparking a veritable orgy of discussion by educationalists, politicians, commentators and the just plain opinionated …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 3 December]

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Quinn welcomes Pisa results

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2013 by steve

“There has been a welcome for Ireland’s positive performance in the triennial Pisa education survey which shows strong improvement against international competition …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Student performance improves in science

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The triennial Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) project always delivers a wealth of data and statistics that can be somewhat difficult to digest …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 December]

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How Pisa became the world’s most important exam

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2013 by steve

International“‘Your education today is your economy tomorrow’, says Andreas Schleicher from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, who has become one of the world’s most influential figures in education …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 27 November]

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Change One Thing: ‘Pupils should learn to read so that they can read to learn’

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“If I could change one thing I would ensure that all our citizens have excellent literacy and numeracy skills. Both are essential to survive and thrive in society today. Without them, lives can be blighted, horizons limited. Without them, they can be lost in a world of unknown words and numbers …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Is Pisa fundamentally flawed?

Posted in Teaching on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“They are the world’s most trusted education league tables. But academics say the Programme for International Student Assessment rankings are based on a ‘profound conceptual error’. So should countries be basing reforms on them? …” (more)

[William Stewart, TES, 11 August]

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Should University Systems Be Graded, Too?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2013 by steve

International“Depending on whom you ask, a proposed new international testing system will either be the next big thing in higher education or a pointless, expensive rankings exercise that will be used to criticize faculty at hard-pressed colleges and universities …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 21 July]

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Sex Differences in Mathematics and Reading Achievement Are Inversely Related: Within- and Across-Nation Assessment of 10 Years of PISA Data

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

InternationalAbstract: We analyzed one decade of data collected by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), including the mathematics and reading performance of nearly 1.5 million 15 year olds in 75 countries. Across nations, boys scored higher than girls in mathematics, but lower than girls in reading. The sex difference in reading was three times as large as in mathematics …” (more)

[Gijsbert Stoet and David Geary, PLOS ONE, 13 March]

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