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Presented and Produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you interview sections from previous guests which did not fit into the space available in the original programmes. First we hear Stanford University Professor of Education, Hilda Borko who talks about how she does her research. Then Dr. Katie Novak discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in applying Universal Design for Learning principles. Finally, Professor Akihiko Takahashi from De Paul University presents a Japanese perspective on mathematics teaching and on education more generally.

The programmes they orginally featured on are here:

Hilda Borko

Katie Novak

Akihiko Takahashi

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you an interview I conducted with Stanford University Graduate School of Education Professor, Hilda Borko. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • Summer schools for children in the United States
  • Professional Development for science teachers
  • Argumentation in science lessons
  • How she uses video in professional development
  • Work she is most proud of in education to date
  • Key ingredients of professional development for teachers
  • How she chose a career in education
  • How she started a school when she was a graduate student
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with members of the Mulcahy family who are originally from Cork but who are now working as education professors in the United States. Donal G Mulcahy and Cara Mulcahy are in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Donal E Mulcahy is a professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University.

Among the topics we discussed in this part of the interview are the following:

  • Donal G's career trajectory
  • Comparing features of the US and Irish education systems
  • The establishment of the Education Studies Association of Ireland
  • Diane Ravitch and her influence in US education
  • What constitutes a liberal education?
  • Having faith in teachers
  • Sources of Inspiration
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I interview three members of the Mulcahy family who are originally from Cork but who all work as education professors in the United States. The father, Donal G. Mulcahy, and daughter, Cara Mulcahy both work in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University and Cara's brother, Donal E. Mulcahy is a professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. They each addressed the 2017 annual confernece of the Education Studies Association of Ireland, of which Donal G. was a founding member.

Among the points raised on the programme are:

  • The purpose of Education
  • Control of education and the role of teachers, policymakers, administrators, foundations and corporations
  • The workshop approach to teaching reading and writing 18’26” Authors referred to include Lucy Calkins, author of The Art of Teaching Writing; Linda Rief, author of Seeking Diversity: Language Arts with Adolescents; and Nancy Atwell, author of In the Middle.
  • Why policymakers pay insufficient heed to education research.
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Jacinta Kitt to mark the publication of her book, Positive Behaviours, Relationships and Emotions: The Heart of Leadership in a School by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Among the topics we discussed in this part of the interview wiere the following:

  • Cooperative learning
  • Democratic relationships between teachers and students
  • Managing your emotions in teaching and leading
  • Preventing workplace bullying in teaching
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

 

On this week's programme I speak to Jacinta Kitt to mark the publication of her new book Positive Behaviours, Relations and Emotions: The Heart of Leadership in a School published by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals.

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Kathy Short from the College of Education at the University of Arizona. In this programme she talks about how she became interested in inquiry-based learning, the Worlds of Words initiative she established and about being on the award committee for the Caldecott Medal. She was in Ireland to address the Symposium on Inquiry Based Learning organised by the Marino Institute of Education to mark the launch of a new masters degree in inquiry-based learning being offered in the Marino Institute of Education. 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Professor Kathy Short from the University of Arizona College of Education. She was in Ireland to address the Symposium on Inquiry Based Learning organised by the Marino Institute of Education to mark the launch of a new masters degree in inquiry-based learning being offered in the Marino Institute of Education. 

Among the topics discussed on the programme are:

  • Inquiry as a stance in education
  • How teachers can nurture inquiry among children
  • The inquiry cycle (Connection, invitations, tensions, investigation, representations, new questions)
  • Applying the inquiry cycle with pre-service teachers
  • Inquiry-based learning in classrooms
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week I speak to Dr. Brian Fleming, a retired school principal and author of Irish Education 1922 - 2007: Cherishing all the Children? Among the topics discussed during our conversation were the following:

  • Who he spoke to in writing the book
  • Where the power lies in education today
  • What can be done to reduce inequality in education
  • How the insertion of a single word, “for” in the Irish Constitution shaped the government’s role in education
  • Provision for reducing disadvantage in the 1998 Education Act
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week I speak to education consultant and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts, Dr. Katie Novak, on the topic of Universal Design for Learning. She was in Ireland to give the keynote presentation at the 2017 Conference of AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability in Dublin. Among the topics we discuss are:

 

What is universal design for learning?

How might universal design for learning be applied in teaching English?

What is the difference between differentiated instruction and universal design for learning?

Why students need to fail in the short-term to find long term success.

What skills taught in school do we need to hold onto and what can be safely let go?

 

Katie refers to the book, The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey.

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