Monthly Archives: July 2017

A TEF for Ireland?

With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU. We have: … Continue reading

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Knowledge and problem solving

I experienced a really good example of why knowledge is an integral part of problem solving this morning.  One of my masters students comes to me with what seems to be an intractable programming (coding!) problem. He’s tearing his hair … Continue reading

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Are school-leavers rejecting science?

They are according to this article in the Examiner. However, let’s look at the data. The table below gives the number of first preferences for each ‘discipline’ after the February and July deadline. The % change is based on the … Continue reading

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Homework, Projects and Minecraft

We are all the product of our genes and life experiences and I suspect that my largely conservative views on education reflect the fact that traditional teacher-led, knowledge-rich education has had a transformational effect on my life. The fact that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Computers in Education

Over at the World Conference on Computers in Education people are tweeting about change, innovation and transformation. David Putnam is saying things like “Should we fail to radically change our approach to education, the same cohort we’re trying to ‘protect’ … Continue reading

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