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David McWilliams, education and group think

The weird thing about the David McWilliams show on TV3 tonight was that David seemed to think that he was saying something new.  (For international readers, David McWilliams is to Irish economics what Brian Cox is to physics and astronomy.) … Continue reading

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10 of the best popular science books

Given that it’s science week, here are 10 books that I have read and would do so again:   Cosmos by Carl Sagan The story of everything brilliantly told by the first science communication superstar. The lonely hearts of the … Continue reading

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Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler – A review of Chapter 5

I have tons of lab reports to mark so naturally enough I decided the spend last hour reading Chapter 5 of Jo Boaler’s Mathematical Mindsets book. This chapter has the title Rich Mathematical Tasks. The overall impression I got from … Continue reading

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A review of Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler: Part I

At the second attempt I returned to Jo Boaler’s book Mathematical Mindsets. I really wanted to get an insight into what she is proposing because I have no doubt that the curriculum designers are planning to incorporate Boaler’s ideas into … Continue reading

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A crisis in the third level sector?

I am always a bit wary when articles about education use the phrase “global marketplace” and after reading Tom Felle’s commentary on higher education in Ireland, I can confirm that my wariness remains intact. The key theme of the article … Continue reading

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Reflections on being an associate dean

Today I finish a three-year term as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in our Faculty of Science and Health. The ADTL role is probably one of those admin roles that are seen as representing university bureaucracy gone mad … Continue reading

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What’s all this about digital skills?

Over 75% of Irish school leavers will progress to further or higher education. And you might imagine that we would adopt an integrated approach to curriculum design in our education system. And you might think that we’d think about each … Continue reading

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