Monthly Archives: April 2014

Students and Units

Ploughing through more lab reports today, I find myself going from frustration to anger to bafflement. Why do students so consistently omit units when they draw their graphs? I just don’t get it. No matter how often I say it … Continue reading

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The feminisation of teaching

Ok, forget the break, I’m going to take this one on! This whole argument resurfaced when the Minister rather clumsily raised the issue of honours maths for primary school teachers and linked his comments with the feminisation of the profession. … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 5. Innovation

This is the last post in this series before I take a mini-break! Universities are now expected to be hubs of industrial/business innovation. And, this recent contribution has shown that universities do indeed produce start-ups and patents but whether they … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 4. The second level link

The media is full of discussion about the proposed changes to the grading scale to be employed in the Leaving Certificate, essentially back to the 1992 situation. So, I’m going to focus today on the link between second and third … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 3. Duration

I think we need to reduce the average time that students spend at third level. This is one area where I have been accused of elitism in the past, but my basic thesis is this: far too many students are … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 2. Duplication

The Minister has mentioned the problem of duplication on a number of occasions and has confused it with the proliferation of courses available through the CAO system. There is some link there of course – courses are developed without a … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 1. Outsourcing

When governments run unsustainable budget deficits they can raise taxes or cut spending or do a combination of both. Which approach is best at any given time is one of the problems that seems to constantly occupy and divide the … Continue reading

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