Merging Arts and Science

In my last blog I discussed how creativity is becoming an important objective of education. I’ve also referred to the fact  that science and science education are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of bringing...

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It’s all right to be wrong

I grew up in an era when if you made a mistake and realised it, the correct thing to do was to admit you were wrong, seek to correct it, apologise and move on. I continue to be amazed at the media reaction to Minister...

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ICT as a foundation for future learning

At a recent Science Foundation Ireland forum on how science and industry can work together for economic recovery, Mark Little, the former RTÉ broadcaster and now a social media entrepreneur, told an interesting story that...

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Creativity in Science education

Creativity has become an important goal for science education in the last decades. Traditionally science and math education dismissed creativity. It was stated that creative thinking was secondary to the acquisition of...

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Conference 2012 – a worthwhile exercise

Last month’s IPPN conference was a huge success, drawing together more than 1,100 primary school leaders and renowned educationalists for a three-day symposium on how the role of principal has such a major impact in improving...

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Science Outreach, coercion?

  The idea for today’s blog came from the wonderfully dangerous (for a post-graduate student) world of social media. One of these days, on one of my procrastinating activities, I was checking my twitter, where I tend to...

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Teachers in Politics

Eamon Dunphy was at it again on the Late Late show recently: ”Our political leaders are well meaning, but totally out of their depth, because many of them happen to be teachers”. He is not alone in this refrain. The reference to...

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Your Guidance Counsellor can help

I was delighted to hear the radio ad from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors reminding the public of their availability in their local school to advise parents and students about filling in CAO forms. Just as the arrival of...

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The role of parents in primary education

Considering the critical role parents play in the education of their children, and how that role is underpinned by the constitution, parents collectively have had relatively little influence in shaping primary education. For...

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