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Issue 8 - June 2010

Title - New innovations in the development of practice placement education for student dietitians
Author - M. Crehan, M. Moloney, M. Bowles, C. Corish     [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper discusses the collaborative approach between the higher education institution and the practice placement educators on this work-based learning partnership. The partnership work has highlighted the need for an inclusive approach to all practice placement settings which facilitates the creation of a clear support structure for placement mentors/assessors. A standardised, explicit assessment process that contributes to progressive skills acquisition and the requirement that practice placement is fully integrated into the academic curriculum have, furthermore, been identified. Self-directed learning, self-assessment and reflective practice are professional skills which need to be viewed as outcomes of practice placement and the training of practice placement educators must be within a process that acknowledges and uses their experience. [read full article]

Title - From Melbourne, Australia’s Knowledge Capital, to Destination Dublin
Author - Claire Doran    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper proposes that the overall objective of increasing Dublin’s knowledge-city status and the HEIs’ objective of increased internationalization can be achieved through collaboration involving the region’s diverse stakeholders. Dublin will thus succeed in enhancing its global status as a knowledge city-region and increase its competitive advantage in a globalized world. Such an approach is already in place in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Indeed, in its search for like-minded international partner-cities, Melbourne’s Office of Knowledge Capital has approached Dublin to collaborate on knowledge-related projects. This paper aims to establish whether Melbourne’s approach could be successfully adopted in Dublin. [read full article]

Title - The discourses of higher education in Ireland: religion, nationalism and economic development
Author - Nora French    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper will trace the discourses used in university education in Ireland from the founding of Trinity College in the sixteenth century, to Newman’s Idea of the University (1996) in the nineteenth century, the impact of the independence and nationalist movement in the early part of the twentieth century and finally, from the late 1950s on, the gradual turn towards the economic dimension, where education has progressively been perceived as a vital component in developing the wealth of the country, in providing a well-educated workforce to allow for economic and industrial development. [read full article]

Title - Broadening the curriculum: toward liberal knowledge
Author - John Heywood    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - Fifty-four years ago the Ministry of Education in England published a White Paper on Technical Education that had profound consequences for subsequent developments in higher education in the UK and indirectly in Ireland. [read full article]

Title - Recognising prior learning in psychotherapy training: a critical appraisal
Author - Aine O’Reilly    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - Recognition of prior learning (RPL) raises policy and procedural questions and also ideological, ethical and political questions. Focusing on psychotherapeutic training this paper presents critical reflections on RPL and argues that this accounting highlights questions and tensions that a focus on policy and procedure alone can obscure. [read full article]

Title - The Learn@Work Socrates-Minerva Research Project 2005–2007
Author - Murphy, A., O'Rourke, K.C., Rooney, P.    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This article offers a summary of the goals, activities, products and evaluation of the Socrates-Minerva research project 2005–2007 – Learn@Work. The partners were four higher education providers: Glasgow-Caledonian University (lead), University of Aalborg, University of Innsbruck, and the Dublin Institute of Technology, with one private partner, ATiT, Brussels. The project aim was to develop and test IT-based materials for induction and support for worker-learners using pilot studies in the partner countries, and the development of usable case studies and theoretical models. [read full article]

Title - FACILICODE (Facilitated Work Based Learning)
Authors- Ole Rokkjær, Bente Nørgaard, Anne Murphy, Lisbeth Skytte, Niels Hannemose, Isabel Tort Ausina, Israel Quintanilla Garcia, Patricio Montesinos    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - The European Council in 2000 concluded that it is a strategic goal for the European Union (EU) to be the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. To fulfill this strategy education and continuing education (lifelong learning) has a very high priority. In the enlarged European Union there are 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) representing 99 per cent of all EU enterprises and employing more than 75 million people, according to ‘The New SME Definition – User Guide and Model Declaration’, 2005. [read full article]

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