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Issue 9 - June 2011

peerreviewedTitle Higher education in the economic crisis: RPL as a tool for the recognition of qualifications, student mobility, up-skilling and re-skillings
Author - Kate Collins    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This article investigates how higher education (HE) experts and training stakeholders perceive the use and value of recognition of prior learning (RPL) in responding to changing learner profiles in the context of increasing economic difficulties globally and their resulting impact on employment, the labour market and education and training systems. The data were gathered as an element of the author’s doctoral research. The immediate research context was shaped by a rich policy discourse on social inclusion, mobility, organisational development, personal development, up-skilling and re-skilling in the labour market, and economic regeneration[read full article]

Title - Reflections on Ireland's education/training policy making-process leading to the National Framework of Qualifications: national and international influences
Author - Thomas Duff    [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper reflects on the various influences, especially from the 1980s, that shaped Ireland’s policy direction leading to the National Framework of Qualifications which was launched in 2003. The paper also provides a broad overview on Ireland’s economic development especially from the 1960s, citing the influence of higher education and training structures in this regard. Among the matters explored in the paper are: the policy-making process; the national, EU and international influences that shaped the policy direction: ‘policy-borrowing’ and policy networks; linkages between the political process, employer needs and education/training structures; and the Bologna process. The range of influences is highlighted in the flurry of policy initiatives during the 1990s. [read full article]


Title - Policy development and implementation procedures for recognition of prior learning: a case study of practice in higher education
Author -  Anne Murphy [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This article investigates how higher education (HE) experts and training stakeholders perceive the use and value of recognition of prior learning (RPL) in responding to changing learner profiles in the context of increasing economic difficulties globally and their resulting impact on employment, the labour market and education and training systems. The data were gathered as an element of the author’s doctoral research. The immediate research context was shaped by a rich policy discourse on social inclusion, mobility, organisational development, personal development, up-skilling and re-skilling in the labour market, and economic regeneration. [read full article]


Title - Modelling dual-carriageway traffic behaviour as a complex system: A proposal for discussion.
Author - Timothy Hogan, Ian Clancy, Cathal Flynn   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper outlines the initial developmental stage of a microscopic traffic system model incorporating driver behaviour. The model uses exponential and Gaussian distributions to assign each car its starting time headway and velocity characteristics respectively as expected in real-world traffic [see 1,2]. Each car may be in one of three distinct regimes (time headway windows), depending upon how close in time the car is to the car in front of it. [read full article]


Title - To gauge an understanding of how boundaries are perceived in Ireland by landowners
Author - Daragh O'Brien,Dr. Patrick Prendergast   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - Recent anecdotal evidence from property professionals indicates that there has been a significant increase in boundary disputes in Ireland since the phased publication of the Land Registry digital map in 2005. There is a need to investigate this development in order to confirm or refute this trend and attempt to identify the issues causing these disputes. There is an absence of detailed information on the causes and types of boundary disputes within the Irish Legal system. This project aims to address this lack of information by collecting comprehensive information on a range of case studies over the past 5 years and determine the incidence of these types of disputes. The cost to all parties to these disputes will also be estimated to inform policy makers of the effectiveness of the current system. [read full article]


Title - Reflecting on our teaching practice to bring about a more student-centred approach to learning and promote “deeper” learning by the students
Author - A. O'Donnell, N. Delaney  [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - The Dublin Institute of Technology is one of the largest multi-level higher education providers in Ireland, catering for over 22000 students annually. Under the 1999 Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, DIT became an awarding body in its own right. Programme provision covers apprenticeships, short continuous professional development courses, taught undergraduate and postgraduate, research MPhil and PhDs. The Institute's traditional mission has always been focused on teaching and learning in the field of advanced technical vocational education and training (TVET), and one of its current agendas is to foster and encourage changes in teaching practice and methodology in order to enhance the student learning. [read full article]


peerreviewedTitle - A methodological story, or how I planned to create a (metaphorical) chest of drawers and ended up with a bedside table
Authors- Susan O'Shaughnessy   [click here for a biography of the author]
Summary - This paper sets out the story of a research project that culminated in a thesis submitted to the University of Sheffield for the award of Doctor of Education (EdD). Its purpose is to examine the process of research over the almost three year period of the project and explore the methodological challenges that were confronted and that shaped the project as it evolved. [read full article]

 
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