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Changing Geography in the Republic of Ireland. Shelagh Waddington National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Outline. Introduction Teacher Education PDE to PME Junior Cycle JCSA. Teacher Education: the current programme. Professional Diploma in Education [PDE] One academic year - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Changing Geography in the Republic of Ireland Shelagh WaddingtonNational University of Ireland, Maynooth*

  • OutlineIntroduction

    Teacher EducationPDE to PME

    Junior CycleJCSA

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  • Teacher Education: the current programmeProfessional Diploma in Education [PDE]One academic yearLevel 8 coursetwo subjects involved.NUIM versionAll yeartwo days in school 8 periods per weekthree days in NUIM Januaryblock teaching practice for three weeks 20 periods per week

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  • The new programmeProfessional Masters in EducationTwo years Level 9 course120 creditsPrinciplesreflective practicedeveloping pedagogical capabilitiespreparation for lifelong learning*

  • School placementreflecting totality of school experience40 credits over two yearstwo different schoolssingle sex/ co-edurban/ ruraltype of managementDEISYear 1 4 periods per week increasing to 8observation of teachersexperience of examination preparation for Junior CycleYear 2 8 periods per week increasing to 10focus on Senior Cycle otherwise as year 1

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  • Geography methodsYear 1 similar to current programmewith focus on Junior Cycle

    Year 2 - deepening experiencewith more focus on Senior Cycle

    Assessment rethink must be level 9 standardmore substantial?more?*

  • The Junior Cycle: revision from 2011!Junior Cycle rebalancing of individual subjects up-dating of contentreworking of aims and objectivesaddition of learning outcomesreduction of amount of materialwhat should be removed?

    draft rebalance completed 2008 but never officially released to community, so only speculation available about this.

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  • The system isnt working well so hard choices have to be made

    Almost no students leave school after the JCso no longer a terminal examinationMany students disengaged from learning, especially in 2nd and 3rd year3rd year focussed on test so rote learning and practice questions are the focus so students become even more disengaged.Little focus on key skills and on learning how to learn and on creativity.

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  • So what changes are proposed for the Junior Cycle? changes announced in 2012, implementation to begin in 2014New JC curriculum focusing on:Students making a greater connection with learningImproving the quality of learning that takes placeBetter literacy and numeracy outcomes and a strong profile for key skillsLaunch of the Junior Cycle Student Award

  • What is this Junior Cycle Student Award [JCSA]?Subjects will continue to play an important role in the JCSA and short courses will also be available.Core [compulsory] will be English, Irish and Maths Schools will plan their own curriculumShort courses [approximately 50% of regular courses] will be introducedSchools may develop some courses of their ownCurriculum specifications will be less detailed than currently.Major changes in assessment

  • Subjects*

  • Junior Cycle Student Award what will they be doing?2012December 2013*

    Number of subjectsNumber of short courses87264

    Number of subjectsNumber of short courses109928482747264

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    1)Food Science (A thematic module) 2 + 1 + 1+ 1RotatingDesigning eating spaces and menusFood in ArtARTScience of FoodDigestionMolecular gastronomySCIENCECookingNutrition and Health(element of JCPE)H ECEating OutMake a BookFamily BudgetRunning a BusinessBUSINESS Food SourcesHIST/GEOG2)Me in my Community(SPHE/History/Geog)RotatingLocal HistoryMy environment- local GeographyMe and my school communityHealthy relationships Active Citizenship(CSPE)RotatingMight relate to GeographyHuman Rights for allSustainable Living/Green School Being a citizen in my local communityReaching out/Global citizenship

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  • AssessmentCore subjects60% terminal examinationset and marked via State Examinations Commission [SEC]40% school-based assessment based on work in years 2 and 3Other full subjects60% terminal examinationset via State Examinations Commission [SEC] BUT school-based marking40% school-based assessment based on work in years 2 and 3Short courses all school-based??

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  • So what is the reaction so far?Programme issuestransfer between schools/comparability of experience?Assessment issueInequalities between schoolsto be introduced at a rate that would allow schools, students and teachers the time to embed the changes [Ruari Quinn Minister for Education]...the emphasis ... was on individual achievement and not on performance in public examinations [Michael Moriarty General Secretary Education and Training Board Ireland]*

  • ConclusionsA time of change and uncertaintyPDE to PMEintroduces some very positive changescost implications for student recruitment

    Junior Cyclefuture for subject at this level?and for recruitment beyone?acceptance that change was needed but.....*

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    Two concurrent major areas of change affecting Education (incl. geog) in Ireland. Despite major financial stringency !!Other changes also in train relating for example to teaching council introducing fitness to practice further guidance and also starting on CPD requirements for continued registration.Concentrate today on two major changes.*Suggest ask Susan Pike for details of BEd*How different is different?*Currently really starting to think through what is requiredSuggestions welcomed.Likely to remain @ approx. 22 hours per year*NB Never seen even part of rebalanced syllabus def. = confidential *BUT as mentioned in 2011 remember!*Assessment much more school based**Subjects still remain, but short courses will also be usedPLUs related to less able students primarilyKey skills for allvisited one school recently with Drop everything and read is this the literacy hour??PLUs rel to less able students *queries/ discussion agreed to accept wide variety of options (at least currently)Schools developing own programmes and examples posted on Govt.website*Year 1 from example school not a real one!Year 2 4 option groups two of which include geographySo maybe not too bad but out of three examplesOne no geog at all*treoraiocht guidance tasters in 1st year, select subject to continue in each block in 2nd year no guarantee that will study geography after leave primary school except for 6 weeks here*So far @ least 40% = classroom based in year 2 and year 360% terminal exam set by SEC administered and marked by teachers for subjects other than core.Concerns re teachers grading own students Not adequate change for change want practical details unions say not yet suppliedBalloting for action in near futureslow down in process of introduction complete in 2022, rather than 2020

    *SEC current examining authority*From Indo 16/1/14 see hard copyTeachers reluctant to assess own students No sign actual moderation procedures to ensure parity of markingSo far @ least 40% = classroom based in year 2 and year 360% terminal exam set by SEC administered and marked by teachers for subjects other than core.Concerns re teachers grading own students Not adequate change for change want practical details unions say not yet suppliedBalloting for action in near futureslow down in process of introduction complete in 2022, rather than 2020

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