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Archive for October 2016

Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme the distinguished Educational Psychologist, Professor David C Berliner, who is Regents Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, shares more of his ideas and reflections about education. Among the topics he discusses this week are assessment literacy, the instructional sensitivity of tests, why he would hesitate in using international comparative tests to shape education policy, and the attractiveness of teaching as a career.


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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme my guest is David C. Berliner who is Regents' Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. Among the topics we discussed were co-authoring Educational Psychology with Nathaniel Gage, how he stumbled into the field of educational psychology, his views on what psychology contributes to the education of a teacher, how he thinks teacher education could be improve, his thoughts on the effective removal of educational psychology from teacher education programmes in the United States, his interest in the psychology of classroom practice, the messiness of classroom practice, his thoughts on motivation and feedback to children, and making research accessible to teachers.

He talks about a concept he developed called “academic learning time” – one of the possibly “one of the most important concepts ever created in educational psychology.” It is a classroom method to predict kids’ outcomes.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme to mark Dyspraxia/DCD Awareness Week 2016, I speak to the mother of a boy who was diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) or Dyspraxia. She talks about the effects the condition has on the boy himself, on his family and on his education. I also speak briefly to Harry Conway who is the Chief Executive Officer of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week's guest is Professor Jackie Marsh from the University of Sheffield's School of Education. I interviewed her when she was in Dublin as a keynote speaker at the 40th annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. In the course of the interview Jackie Marsh referred to some online resources and books including:

National Literacy Trust

Common Sense Media

Technology and Play


Anne Hass Dyson

The Meaning Makers by Gordon Wells

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