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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme my guest was Professor Elizabeth Wood, from the University of Sheffield. She was in Ireland as a guest of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. She presented a keynote address at their conference on 24 November titled Early Mathematics is Surprisingly and Cognitively Fundamental.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week I hear about a new book by an Irish author which aimes to promote awareness of multicultural matters through picture books. The book is written by  Dr. Anne Dolan of Mary Immaculate College and the title is You, Me and Diversity: Picture books for teaching development and intercultural education.

I also spoke to Dr. Clea Schmidt from the University of Manitoba and Dr. Antoinette Gagné of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Sorry about the sound quality in some parts of this programme. I am using some new recording equipment and it's taking me a while to come to terms with it. Hopefully things will improve soon! Seán

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme, you can hear the second part of my interview with Tomás Ó Ruairc, the Director of the Teaching Council. On this week's programme he spoke about Droichead, registration with the Teaching Council, fitness to teach, teacher supply, and more.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I spoke to Lindsay Myers, the organiser of a conference on "The Art of Education in Steiner Waldorf National Schools" about Steiner Education. Lindsay Myers is also involved with Galway Steiner School.

I also brought you the first of a two-part interview with Tomás Ó Ruairc, the Director of the Teaching Council. On this week's programme he spoke about the Féilte event, about Continuing Professional Development, and about research and teaching.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

For this programme I spoke to Michelle Shiels, a graduate of Stranmillis University College, who gave a workshop input on autism at the annual SCoTENS conference. I spoke to Neil Hallinan, a retired teacher and current member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association (IMTA) on the fiftieth anniversary of the organisation's founding and about the 2014 Maths Fest. Finally, I spoke to  Dr Deborah Tannehill, emeritus faculty UL on the topic of fundamental movement in physical education, a topic she is presenting a workshop on in St. Patrick's College on 12 November.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week's programme is an extended interview with Professor Pamela Munn, one of the authors of the Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland, better known as the Sahlberg Report. Pamela Munn was in Dublin as a guest of the Vere Foster Trust for whom she gave a policy lecture. Among the topics covered in the interview are the teaching of history, throughts on teachers and research, Professor Munn's views on initial teacher education, and behaviour management in schools.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I spoke to Sheila Donegan about Maths Week, I spoke to Elaine Mahon about the National Religious Education Congress and I spoke to Elaine Keane and Manuela Heinz about Diversity in Initial Teacher Education.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week I spoke to Paddy Madden about the second annual conference of  School Earth Education. I also spoke to two keynote presenters at the Reading Association of Ireland annual conference, Elizabeth Birr Moje of the University of Michigan and Gene Mehigan of the Marino Institute of Education.

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Most primary schools in Ireland are under the patronage of the Catholic Church. However, outside Ireland, state supported primary schools that are Catholic are the exception. In order to find learn about the position and history of Catholic schools in the United States, I spoke to Dr. Christian Dallavis who is Senior Director of Leadership programmes for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.

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In this podcast I interview eminent educational sociologist, Professor Mark Berends about his career to date. He is a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. Among the topics we discuss are ability grouping, school choice, Catholic schools, New American schools, his vision of a good school and other topics related to sociology of education.

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