Archive for 24 November 2008

Batt O’Keefe opposed at Trinity over Education Cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2008 by Steve

“The recent visit to Trinity College by Minister for Education in the 26 counties Batt O’Keefe was opposed by students within the college. 150 students turned out, including Sinn Féin and Ógra activists to tell the minister that his plans to re-introduce third level students fees were not welcome in spite of draconian security measures that saw some students that had turned out to protest from other colleges around the city ejected from campus by college security …” (more)

[Ógra Sinn Féin blog, 24 November]

Petition to the PM

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 November 2008 by Steve

“I blogged a few weeks ago about the new immigration rules in the UK which will require universities to monitor the attendance of international students and report to the Border Agency so that they can keep track of people on student visas. Now it has been drawn to my attention that a Petition has been officially registered with Downing Street against this legislation as a breach of human rights …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 24 November]

Women’s Lead in Doctoral Attainment Spreads to All Racial Categories, Report Says

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 24 November 2008 by Steve

“Last year, for the first time ever, women earned more doctorates than men in every racial and ethnic group, according to a new National Science Foundation paper offering selected findings from the federal government’s annual Survey of Earned Doctorates. The NSF typically releases the full results of the annual survey — sponsored by several federal agencies and conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago — at this time of year. This year, however, the process has been delayed so much that the release of the full report has been postponed until May or June 2009. The selected results that the NSF has chosen to release show that the number of doctorates granted by American institutions rose by 5.4 percent — to 48,079, the highest number ever reported — from 2006 to 2007 …” (more)

[Chronicle, 24 November]

Is small group teaching doomed?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 November 2008 by Steve

“In the university system in these islands, one of the basic points of consensus, at least in pedagogical terms, is that learning is most effective when teaching is conducted in small groups. This has had its most pure form in Oxford and Cambridge, where traditionally tutorials (or ’supervisions’ in Cambridge) were conducted on a one-to-one or maybe one-to-two basis; and while this Oxbridge system may be ideal, it is generally recognised as being unaffordable for most higher education institutions. However, small groups of somewhere between five and eight students provide an environment in which the interaction between tutor and student, and indeed between the students, can significantly enhance the learning experience. In fact, small group teaching at that level has become quite rare …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 November]