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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

News report by Barry Hennessy.

This week's programme features highlights from plenary addresses at the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN). The addresses were given by Vincent Browne columnist with The Irish Times and The Sunday Business Post and presenter on TV3, and Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, President of Dublin City University. In education news Barry spoke to Bob Keating, Principal St. Brigid's Special School in Mullingar about special needs assistants and to Joseph Fogarty from the Campaign for Commercial-Free Education.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News Roundup by Barry Hennessy

Three young students, James Dolan, Brendan Jordan and Conor Cunniffe from Carrick-on-Shannon Community School were interviewed about their project on visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners and learning. Adrienne Webb discussed the work of the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI) and their upcoming conference. Barry's news stories covered the proposed abolition of the National University of Ireland (NUI).

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Presented and produced by Sean Delaney.

News report by Barry Hennessy.

This is a report from the BT Young Scientists Exhibition and it includes interviews with teachers and students from St. Joseph's College in Lucan, Sutton Park School and Arklow Community College.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

News report by Barry Hennessy

Guests on programme: Pamela Bowell who is a drama for creative learning consultant and John Boyle, Principal of St. Colmcille's Junior School Knocklyon, Dublin 16

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

This is a broadcast of an interview recorded in April 2002 with Professor Constance Kamii of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In the interview she discusses how children learn mathematics and the role of algorithms - including invented algorithms - in their learning. The ideas are as challenging and as relevant now as they were in 2002.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

This is the second part of the programme of excerpts from Inside Education programmes that were broadcast in 2009. The first part is available in a separate podcast. In this part of the programme you can hear clips from the following programmes -

6 Peter Afflerbach on difficulties children have in learning to read (from Programmes 12 and 13)

7 Paddy Madden on how to make children passionate about the environment and on the benefits of a school garden (from Programmes 22 and 23)

8 Barry's news selection. Each week on the programme Barry Hennessy presents a roundup of education news for the week. When I asked him to select two pieces from the year he selected pieces from Programme 12 and Programme 17

9 Jim Cummins discusses how having children from different countries in a class can be an educational resource (from Programmes 15 and 16)

10 Home Education is discussed by two parents Dan Arnold from Cork and Gwen Peters from Dublin via Minnesota and Gwen's son Dannen. Emer Farrell from the National Education Welfare Board also features in this extract from Programme 21.

11 Brian Boyd discusses what children need to learn in school (from Programme 24).

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

This is a selection of clips from Inside Education programmes in 2009. It is a good place to start if you want to find out what Inside Education is about. Because the programme is an hour long, I have uploaded it in two parts. In this first part you will hear clips from the following programmes:

1.Séamus Heaney on poetry and pedagogy (from Programme 18)

2. Don Thornhill (Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council), Brian Hayes (Fine Gael Education spokesman) and Joe Mulholland (Director of the MacGill Summer School) from the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co. Donegal (from Programme 3)

3. Annette Dolan (Assistant General Secretary of the TUI), Dara Molloy (Celtic Priest and critic of the Leaving Certificate) and Caroline Vicini (Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Dublin) on a panel discussion to examine the Leaving Certificate (from Programme 6)

4. Mary Burke (Coordinator of the National Pilot Project on Teacher Induction (Primary) about beginning teaching (from Programme 8.)

5. Jo Boaler from the University of Sussex on why everyone can be good at mathematics (Programme 14)

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