Research Seminar at the end of April
A great day was had by all. I was at the research seminar and got a chance to take a look at different research.
A Qualitative Approach to the Experiences of Early School Leavers within a Youthreach ContextIt was great to take a look at the different experiences of early school leavers and why they leave school at different stages and why they would stay in youthreach for a longer period. They could stay in youthreach for up to the same number of years that they were enrolled in secondary school and want to stay longer. There is an incentive to stay, however, they applied different methods taken from a european framework and implemented it in youthreach to conduct this research.
Applied Learning in a Further Education College: A Model for the 21st century
This research looked at the 21st century model and how it goes across all aspects of the college. In all instances the students are exposed to different areas like radio stations, newspapers and have a college of hairdressing involved, all of which use different aspects of applied learning.
The State’s Role in Higher Education: An Examination of Irish Higher Education PolicyThe state's role in higher education was not how I expected and it was very interesting to look at the visual presentation. Different aspects played a role in higher education, different politicians had roles to play. Free fees impacted greatly on higher education policies and timing had an essential part to play.
Interrogating Dilemmas in Primary level Science Classrooms in Ireland: Outreach and Education
Diogo crossed over in aspects of my own research while looking at the Science Classrooms. A brilliant array of ideas for science outreach, I'm sure there will be more to follow. Pooling from the innovation and creativity that kids of the new generation have to offer we could merge different areas and not teach it in isolation. Experimentation in primary schools being one source to stimulate the digital natives!
Amy Mc Donald
Role Models for Boys: The Implications of Assuming More Male Role Models in Irish Primary Schools is the Answer
This touched on different aspects of Irish Primary schooling and how male teachers can race to the top. Some schools have implemented policies whereby they have a minimum ratio to reach of female to male teachers. Amy spoke about the perception of male teachers in primary schooling and the perception of male teachers being role models in primary schooling.
Michael Mc Namara
Better or Worse? Teachers’ Perspectives on the Changing Role of Standardised Assessment in Primary School Education in Ireland
Michael looked at the different times that standardised tests are given throughout the school year and the impact it has on schooling. The different types of tests and the possibility of some answers being correct. Sigma T's and Micra T's happen at the end of the first term and are not changed year after year. There are many roles that standardised assessment has to play. The challenges teachers are facing at the moment preparing to teach to the test at primary level will be something to look out for in years to come.
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