Monthly Archives: August 2012

Leaving Cert Angst

The constant chatter about the Leaving Certificate is a little tiresome. My wife hates it because it makes me  wander around the house ranting to myself. Nonetheless, I can’t help contributing to the discussion, even if it’s just to get … Continue reading

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Project Maths – the discussion goes on

Project Maths is in the news again with many claims being made for the ‘fact’ that it promotes a deeper ‘understanding’ of mathematics. Is this true? Unfortunately, it is very difficult to define what constitutes ‘understanding’. Ask any physicist what … Continue reading

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PhDs, Repeats, Research Ethics and other stuff

I’ve been involved with the examining of a number of PhD and Masters theses recently. I’ve seen some worrying trends. I saw a serious lack of basic knowledge and skills that one would have thought were core to the project. … Continue reading

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