Education and Johnny Giles

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2014 by steve

“If you read a lot about education there are times when your head goes into a spin: so many philosophies, so many ‘best practices’, so many innovations. It’s at these times that I think about what John Giles might say on an RTE post-match panel. Gilesie’s recurring view is that football is a simple game: when you don’t have the ball, you work hard to get it back; when you have the ball, you control it and pass it to one of your own players, trying to create a scoring opportunity in the process. Complicated systems are not his thing …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 June]

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Educational quality: the student to faculty ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“We know that the global university rankings compiled by the magazine Times Higher Education use student-staff ratios as one the key criteria for the league tables. Interestingly, the only Irish institution that makes it into the top 100 on that basis is Dublin Institute of Technology. And we also know, in the context of the continuing budget cuts in Ireland and the anticipated further reductions in public expenditure later this year that the position of Irish universities in this regard will erode further; indeed, quite apart from the budget cuts there is now the public sector recruitment embargo that has, with some modifications, also been applied to higher education. In fact, even in much better times the student-staff ratio in Ireland has been bad by international standards …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 April]

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