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Issue 4 - August 2006

Title - A critical exploration of the rhetoric of equity belied by practice in postgraduate teacher education
Author - Roisin Donnelly   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper presents the initial results of an investigation into the current awareness and perceptions of equity issues amongst academic staff working on a postgraduate learning and teaching course for teachers in tertiary education in the Republic of Ireland. The study... [read full article]


Title - “What light do professional doctorates throw on the question of what counts as knowledge in the academy at the start of the twenty-first century?”, (Bourner et al 2001, p.81)
Author - Sandra Fisher   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - In their article, “Professional Doctorates in England”, Bourner et al (2001, p.81) pose the question “What light do professional doctorates throw on the question of what counts... [read full article]


Title - Moving a part-time engineering course to a student-centred paradigm
Author - Kevin Kelly   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper is a further reflection on two conference papers presented at the World Conference for Continuing Engineering Education (WCCEE) in Vienna in April,... [read full article]


Title - The Quality Movement discourse in the higher education sector: a general review.
Author - Aidan Kenny   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper - the first of a series of three - describes some of the macro milestones in the evolution of the quality movement in the industrial environment. The emphasis is... [read full article]


Title - Emergence of Quality Assurance in Irish Higher Education: review of European and national policy and description of the Dublin Institute of Technology practice
Author - Aidan Kenny   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This is the second in a series of three papers which explore and describe ‘quality’ as a tool in the Irish Higher Education sector. This paper reviews macro issues relating... [read full article]


Title - The Teaching-Research Relationship in Higher Education
Author - Claire Mc Donnell [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - The aspect of higher education policy that I examine in this paper is the relationship between research and teaching. The initial aims were to determine whether current... [read full article]


Title - Implications of mass education on chemistry higher education
Author - Christine M. O’Connor [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - The following paper discusses the implications of government policy on widening access and participation in third level institutes. The increase in ‘non-traditional’ ... [read full article]


Title - Designing curriculum and assessment to promote effective learning in Chemistry in Higher Education
Author - Christine M. O’Connor [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper is an overview of current issues for academics designing programmes for third level education in chemistry. The changing demographic of third level students... [read full article]


Title - The Application of Learning Skills in an Engineering Programme
Author - Leslie Shoemaker [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - In the Dublin Institute of Technology, an engineering programme in the School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering has successfully incorporated a study skills... [read full article]


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