Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Education Conundrum

  This blog is taking break until the new year but in the meantime I leave you with details of my new eBook. I have given it the slightly pretentious title of “The Education Conundrum: One academic’s thoughts on a … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on chemistry and maths

Chemistry There is a crisis with chemistry. Too few students study chemistry at Leaving Cert (higher) level (6,756 in 2013) and they never seem to catch up at third level. The numbers of young people studying biology is much larger … Continue reading

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My experience of teaching innovation

I will admit that I have something of a Norman on-your-bike Tebbit attitude to teaching and learning. I believe that while many aspects of education in the 1980s were truly dreadful (with no accountability), we have over-compensated and are now … Continue reading

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Are students interested in science?

  One of the pitfalls of being a lecturer is that you tend to assume that students are like you. Many of us who teach science and engineering are naturally curious about scientific matters and probably keep abreast of developments … Continue reading

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