Greg Foley

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Hozier: “I assure you if I wanted to make a f**king pop song I would have written a pop song, because it would have been far easier” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Some of the stuff I was grading was the worst I’ve ever seen – even from good students’. Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seein(...)

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study indicates that 6% of university graduates are functionally illiterate. Photograph: Getty Imagfes

Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seeing when marking his students’ lab reports recently. “Some of the stuff I was grading was t(...)

At a disadvantage: while middle-class girls thrive, working-class boys struggle. Photograph: Moment/Getty

No Child 2020 is an initiative by The Irish Times providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems facing c(...)

Opportunities: a  qualification in a Stem subject is a good career launchpad.   Photograph: Jetta Productions/Getty

With more students opting for science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) degrees, what’s the best route? Should you go for a specialised Stem c(...)

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The dominant mode of learning in third-level education is supposed to be “independent learning”, or what some institutions refer to as autonomous stu(...)

UCD campus. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a certain air of plausibility around the idea that school leavers should continue on to third-level education via a broad entry route. It ma(...)

Some academics fret that the digitisation of information means research skills are being lost. Photograph: Thinkstock

Whether in a preschool or in a university computer lab, technology is rapidly transforming the way teaching and learning takes place. A baffling ar(...)

“There is far too much reliance on notes made available to download, which undermines independent research.” Photograph: Getty Images

I am sure my parents did not look forward to parent-teacher meetings when I was at school, as I was far from a model pupil. But whatever about having (...)

UCD is not alone in offering “literacy clinics” for struggling students. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. There are the forest-style(...)

Greg Foley: “In our desire to improve the education of students, maybe we’ve gone too far and are afraid to demand more of our students.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers have long been used to helicopter parents: those who hover over their offspring to ensure their every whim is catered for. Now there is a new(...)

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