2012

Are we all makers?

Back from the bank holiday weekend, first of all I have to say that St Patrick’s in Ireland is really something special, what a great party it is. And this year even the Dublin parade showed me, once more, how science is a crucial point for Ireland. And on...

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How to re-skill the long-term unemployed

The sight of grown men crying on our television screens as they wait in line to enter job fairs, or opportunity events for employment abroad, is both heart breaking and enraging that we as a society have failed so many in our midst. Many of the 60 per cent who are now...

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Merging Arts and Science: an educational example

In my last blog I brought two examples of the connection between arts and Science. Nevertheless, none of the two examples is directly connected with science education in the primary level. Luckily enough this week I can bring an Irish example being developed in Galway...

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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 creative thinking to their worlds. Today I want...

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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 Quinn’s admission that he got it wrong with...

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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 captured how children have grasped...

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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 established procedures and that it was a...

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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 education outcomes for the children in our...

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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 follow people that post about science...

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