Apprenticeships and snobbery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In their opinion piece (Irish Times, 19th Feb), sparked it would seem by recent reports of ‘high’ dropout rates from Irish third level institutions, Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland make the inevitable plea for a ‘systems approach’ to higher education and the creation of a new agency …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 23 February]

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Europeans want more vocational (not higher) education …

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Defying received wisdom, most Europeans would prefer an expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET, VET or just vocational), rather than further expansion of higher education …” (more)

[Julian Garritzmann, Wonkhe, 28 November]

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Vocational education in universities?

Posted in Teaching on August 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The word ‘vocation’, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, means ‘the action 0n the part of God of calling a person to exercise some special function, especially of a spiritual nature, or to fill a certain position’. The word implies both a status or profession, and a special calling …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 August]

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Vocational education in schools: good or bad?

Posted in Teaching on June 8th, 2011 by steve

“When I was a business school lecturer, my heart always sank when I came across a first year student who had done business studies at school. Almost invariably their courses would have been of very questionable quality, delivered by teachers with little or no experience of what they were teaching, and often with very old-fashioned and not very useful views of the business world …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 June]

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Increased emphasis on vocational education is a pretty bad idea now

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2010 by steve

“… Of course increased numbers and different times mean change but the whole purpose of increased access is to make higher learning available to all who can benefit. Moreover, that’s what the world of work now requires. More vocational training rather than education is the demand of people – including students – who fail to appreciate what has happened to work and yet are aware that too many graduates complete their education lacking important skills …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 26 May]