Diogo Gomes

Why do we want to teach science?

In previous blogs that I have written for Education Matters, I have emphasized the economic importance now given to science. In Ireland, this is revealed by the investment made in attracting science and tech companies. For these companies and research institutions,...

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A young scientist

In today’s blog I would like to share with you an insightful experience I had in one of the outreach initiatives I collaborated in the past few weeks. In this particular initiative, I was in a primary school with the Irish Seaweed Research Group, from NUIG. The idea...

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Ireland International Conference on Education

After a long overdue absence due to preparing and presenting my research in a couple of conferences I’m back to blog writing. One of the conferences I presented in was the Irish International Conference on Education that went on for three days in Dublin last...

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Do geniuses need school?

From time to time one hears the idea that geniuses don’t need school. It is a popular myth that sometimes gains new life. The last resurfacing I saw of this myth was with the more and more popular internet memes. I don’t know if the reader is aware but it is a form of...

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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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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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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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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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Closing Schools, closing Communities

Today I’ll be moving away from my regular theme for these blogs as I could not let pass what I read in the insightful blog written by Seán Cottrell As a foreigner in Ireland, one of the things I came to appreciate and value in this country, is how the rural villages...

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