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On this week's programme I speak to online strength and fitness coach Mike Vacanti who runs the On the Regimen website. He also has his own YouTube Channel, which contains hundreds of vlogs and videos about health and fitness. I speak to Mike about his own physical education and about his participation in the Ultimate Sweat Challenge. Among the topics discussed are:

  • His own physical and health education
  • What would he prioritise in a physical education curriculum
  • What kept him motivated to continue with sport through his teen years and beyond
  • What would he say to a child who works hard at sport but who is never picked for the team
  • His thoughts on motivating people who are not interested in physical education to be more participative in the subject
  • How he plans videos on his website to make them educational
  • His role as mentor for the Ultimate Sweat endeavour
  • What he learned as mentor for the Ultimate Sweat
  • Why consistency trumps perfection

Mike referred to websites he finds helpful in the areas of nutrition, fitness and strength. They include:

 

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On this week's programme I bring you my interview with Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Professor Lawrence-Lightfoot has written 10 books, including The Good High School: Portraits of Character and Culture and The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other. In the course of our interview, we discussed the following matters:

  • Diversity and tokenism
  • Why education research needs to move away from a pathological approach
  • An alternative approach to conducting educational research
  • Visibility of children in classrooms
  • When global atrocities make the news, how can they be handled in classrooms?
  • What looking at education through a sociological lens can make visible
  • The importance of context in social science research
  • Portraiture as a form of research
  • Her book Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free
  • Why truth matters more than facts
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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with someone who was listed as one of the most eminent psychologists of the twentieth century, Professor Jerome Kagan of Harvard University. In the course of this interview we discuss some of Professor Kagan's recent publications. The topics covered included:

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On this week's programme I speak to one of the pre-eminent developmental psychologists of the twentieth century who continues publishing books and articles up to the present day. Professor Jerome Kagan of Harvard University has conducted research into infants' temperaments and how they are related to personality in later life. He is interested in how psychology can inform teachers' work. Among the topics we discuss in this part of the interview are:

  • The relationship between temperament and personality
  • How knowing about temperament helps teachers
  • Children who find it harder to work in groups
  • Insights the discipline of psychology offers to teachers
    • Auditory and visual acuity
    • Short-term, recall and episodic memory
    • Ability to Infer
    • Deduction
  • Questions he’d like educational psychologists to answer
  • What teachers need to know about human emotions
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This week I look ahead to the upcoming conference of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) with Professor Ciarán Sugrue. The theme of the conference is "50 Years On: Reflecting on the Legacy of Free Second-Level Education." In the interview we discuss educational research, teacher education, and the impact that free education has had on the teaching profession.

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On this week's programme I am in conversation with five people asking them questions about education. I begin with Dr Pádraig Hogan, a Senior Lecturer in Maynooth University and then I speak to the authors of a new book on educational research titled Learning Communities in Educational Partnerships: Action Research as Transformation. The authors are Máirín Glenn, Mary Roche, Caitríona McDonagh and Bernie Sullivan and they coordinate Educational Action Research Ireland.

Among the books mentioned on the programme are the following:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire

Teacher by Sylvia Ashton-Warner

An Experiment in Education by Sybil Marshall

This book doesn’t make ... by Jean Augur

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On this week's programme my guest is teacher educator and philosopher Dr. Pádraig Hogan of the Department of Education at Maynooth University. I spoke to Pádraig at the annual conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. Among the topics we discussed in a wide-ranging interview were:

  • The purpose of schools
  • Truth and education
  • Teaching as a way of life
  • Learning as a way of life for teachers
  • Supervision on school placement
  • Challenging our prejudices as teachers and teacher educators
  • Deference and difference in education
  • Ethics and education

Ethics and teaching

Becoming a discerning reader of your own teaching

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On this week's programme I speak to two keynote speakers from the 2018 annual conference of the Computer Education Society of Ireland, Elizabeth Oldham and Richard Millwood, both from Trinity College Dublin. They discuss the past, present and future of the organisation and among other topics Richard discusses how computational thinking relates to teaching the visual arts. 

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On this week's programme my guest is Joanna Norton, a lecturer at the University of the Arts in London. In the course of our interview she told me about the App she developed called Keywords Biology.

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This week I speak to the Chairperson of the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Adrienne Webb, about the new Leaving Certificate course in Computer Science and other matters.

During the interview we discuss how CESI has been working with various players, such as the NCCA and the PDST, to facilitate the smooth introduction of the syllabus; Adrienne tells us about how she became interested in technology; she discusses resources for teaching computer science; and she describes her approach to working with technology in school.

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