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An Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education

    Podcast 386, Professor Mark Morgan on Psychology and Education (22-1-20)

    Podcast 386, Professor Mark Morgan on Psychology and Education (22-1-20)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney
    On this week's programme I speak to Professor Mark Morgan from Dublin City University about psychology, education, his career and his thoughts on education. Among the topics we discuss are the following:
    How he became interested in psychology as a student teacher in St. Patrick’s College
    Being taught by John McNamara (who was known for his study of bilingualism)
    Completing postgraduate studies in London
    Being appointed as lecturer in St. Patrick’s College
    Having Albert Bandura as a tutor when offered a fellowship at Stanford University
    The idea of self efficacy
    His interest in TV and violence, resilience and substance misuse prevention
    The use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods data in psychology
    His doctoral research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
    His research on adversity and resilience
    What teachers can do to be more resilient
    How he planned his classes as a teacher educator
    How early home and school experiences influenced his subsequent interests and ideas
    Why psychology is useful for student teachers
    How the field of educational psychology has evolved over the last 50 years
    His involvement in the Growing Up in Ireland study
    Learning in later years
    He recommended Albert Bandura's book Social foundations of thought and action: A social cognitive theory.

    • 45 min
    Podcast 385, New Educate Together CEO, Emer Nowlan (15-1-20)

    Podcast 385, New Educate Together CEO, Emer Nowlan (15-1-20)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney
    This week I bring you an interview with the new Chief Executive Officer of Educate Together, Dr. Emer Nowlan in the week she takes up her new appointment. Among the topics we discuss are:
    Her career in education to date: becoming a PE teacher, running a language school in Portugal
    Doing a masters and doctorate in UCD
    Being project manager for setting up second level Educate Together schools
    Working on the Migrant Teacher Project
    Challenges faced by migrant teachers who wish to teach in Ireland
    Lessons learned from the Migrant Teacher Project to date
    Anticipating her new role as CEO of Educate Together
    Plans for establishing new Educate Together schools
    How Educate Together has evolved over the last 40 years
    What equality-based education looks like
    How to promote equality-based education without stereotyping
    Educate Together’s role as school patron
    Enrolment policies for schools
    The work of CEO in Educate Together
    Her priorities for her term as CEO
    Challenges facing the Educate Together sector
    Characteristics of a principal in an Educate Together school
    Facilitating denominational religious instruction in Educate Together Schools
    She names some people whose work she admires.

    Michael Apple
    Henry Giroux
    Áine Hyland
    Simon Lewis
    Kathleen Lynch

    • 55 min
    Programme 384, Teaching as a Political Activity (18-12-19)

    Programme 384, Teaching as a Political Activity (18-12-19)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney
    On this week's podcast I speak to Professor Paola Valero from Stockholm University about the political aspects of teaching in general and of teaching mathematics in particular. Professor Valero was in Ireland as a keynote speaker at the 2019 Mathematics Education in Ireland conference, which was held in Dublin City University in October.
    This podcast will be of interest to anyone who likes to stand back from their teaching and think about the why, what and how of their work. Among the topics we discuss in the podcast are:
    The difference between teacher knowledge and researcher knowledge and why both need to work together
    Responsibilities of researchers (in education)
    Relevance of her work on the politics of mathematics education for teachers
    Why teachers’ work is inevitably political, whether or not that is acknowledged
    How can teachers become more aware of their political stance (from 12’06”)
    What it means to be a teacher-intellectual
    What is political specifically in mathematics education
    Working with powerful and empowering knowledge
    It is a desired area of competence/it is highly valued
    Mathematics is widely assessed

    A brief history of how the status of mathematics in schools evolved
    How less was expected of girls in mathematics education
    The experience of learning mathematics for immigrants and people with disabilities
    How teachers can respond to the political nature of mathematics
    She recommended the work of Ole Skovsmose and in particular the chapter he co-wrote with Lene Nielsen, Critical Mathematics Education.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Programme 383, Dave Rudden on Writing and Teaching Writing (11-12-19)

    Programme 383, Dave Rudden on Writing and Teaching Writing (11-12-19)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney
    On this week's podcast I am joined by author Dave Rudden who created the Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy. Dave talks about his own writing, about teaching writing to adults and children and he discusses the bullying that was a feature of his life in post-primary school. The specific topics discussed on the podcast are:
    How he began writing Knights of the Borrowed Dark as a college assignment
    The premise of the series
    Who the audience for the books is
    His experience in the classroom and what attracts him to writing
    His school visits
    His writing practice
    How he learned to write and what teachers can do to help children learn to write
    Getting into drama and theatre to overcome shyness
    Getting into live storytelling in Dublin and moving onto writing short stories and then to a Masters in Creative Writing
    Why Terry Pratchett is a role model
    He also likes Irish authors Sarah Maria Griffin, Deirdre Sullivan, Catherine Doyle.
    The benefits of doing a masters course in creative writing
    Why you don’t have to do a masters course to be a successful writer
    Differences in teaching writing to children and adults
    How teachers can teach children to write
    Explaining why words are weapons, writing is a muscle, and you don’t have to get it right first time
    The recipe for a character
    The recipe for a plot
    Stretch Goals
    What schools are for
    How teachers can support children who experience bullying
    A teacher who had a significant impact on him
    Who or what inspires him
    A favourite book or writer or blog about writing: Chuck Wendig, On Writing by Stephen King
    Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech: Make Good Art

    • 43 min
    Programme 382, Thoughts on Homework (4-12-19)

    Programme 382, Thoughts on Homework (4-12-19)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.
    This week's podcast is a solo episode in which I riff on the topic of homework. Your feedback and thoughts on the topic and on the podcast are welcome as always.
    Among the topics mentioned on the podcast are the following:
    Is time spent on school homework a good return on investment?
    Overview of podcast
    Why teachers give homework
    The Goldilocks principle and setting tasks for students, both in class and for homework
    Why research on homework can be problematic
    Lessons from research that can help children benefit from doing homework
    The “Matthew Effect” in homework
    Acquiring the habit of doing homework
    Image of rider, elephant and path from the books Switch and The Happiness Hypothesis. I also drew on ideas from Atomic Habits in the podcast.
    Questions to ask your child about homework
    Teaching your child strategies for doing homework
    How teachers can make homework more interesting for children
    When parents and teachers provide contradictory information for children
    Study strategies teachers can teach children

    • 46 min
    Programme 381, Scifest Finals and Science Teaching (27-11-19)

    Programme 381, Scifest Finals and Science Teaching (27-11-19)

    Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.
    On this week's podcast I bring you interviews from students, teachers and organisers who attended the National Finals of Scifest 2019 in Marino Institute of Education on Friday, 22 November. Among the guests I speak to are the following:
    Sheila Porter, the founder and CEO of Scifest
    Aideen Hodgins from TU Dublin – Blanchardstown
    Students Ella, Eva and Willemijn from Loreto Balbriggan
    Students Caomhán Budhlaeir and Illann Wall from Presentation Brothers’ College, Cork
    Teacher Kristina Troy from Kishoge Community College
    Overall Winner Timothy McGrath from Killorglin Community College
    Former winner Aaron Hannon
    Eoin Gill from Waterford Institute of Technology.
    Rory Geoghegan

    • 42 min

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