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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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On this week's programme I am joined by Professor Akihiko Takahashi from the College of Education at De Paul University who talks about the teaching of mathematics, about Lesson Study as a form of professional development for teachers and other matters. I spoke with Professor Takahashi after he addressed an event hosted by the UCD Japan Group. Among the items we discussed were the following:

  • Why learn mathematics?
  • How do children learn to solve problems?
  • What is lesson study?
  • Why in Japan lunch is considered to be an opportunity for teaching
  • How lesson study helps teachers to grow
  • Why collaboration is the foundation to being an effective teacher
  • Why live classroom observation is better than observing teaching on video
  • How the Japanese learn from other cultures
  • Are teachers born or made?
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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney where she is Professor of Mathematics Education and Research Director for the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. The topics discussed on the programme include the following:

  • How student feedback influences her work
  • A practice based approach to teacher education
  • Her role as Director of Research
  • Using writing retreats to promote academic writing
  • Incentives for doing research
  • A specialist qualification in mathematics for primary teachers
  • Who inspires her
  • Her favourite writer on education
  • Research Excellence Framework
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week I speak to Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney where she is Professor of Mathematics Education and Research Director for the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. During the interview we discuss the following topics:

  • Student engagement in mathematics
  • Motivating children to be interested in mathematics
  • How she became interested in mathematics education
  • What research teaches us about how children learn mathematics
  • Her approach to educating future teachers

In the course of the interview she referred to videos about teaching that are available from the University of Washington's website. Here is a link to those videos: http://tedd.org/mathematics/  (and not the ones I initially thought: https://www.youtube.com/user/uwcoe/videos).

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On this week's programme I continue my discussion with Orla Kelly on the teaching of science in the primary school. Orla Kelly lectures in the Church of Ireland College of Education and she co-authored the book Creative Teaching in Primary Science with Roger Cutting of Plymouth University.

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On this week's programme my guest is Dr Orla Kelly from the Church of Ireland College of Education. She recently co-authored the book Creative Teaching in Primary Science with Roger Cutting from Plymouth University.

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On this week's programme I speak to experienced primary teacher of junior classes, Jane Shimizu whose enthusiasm for teaching is infectious. She talks about all aspects of teaching, including planning for the year, daily planning for teaching, subject integration, record keeping, assessment, homework, and active learning. She also talks about her passion for teaching science; she received an award in 2010 from the Institute of Physics. She keeps a classroom blog here.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Jack Whitehead on the topic of Living Educational Theory and Action Research. You can find out more about Jack Whitehead's work at his website http://actionresearch.net Jack Whitehead was in Ireland to address a meeting of Educational Action Research in Ireland (EARI).

I also bring you a short report from the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The report was done by my colleague on 103.2 Dublin City FM, Alex Gibson, who presents The Persuaders every Friday at 1pm.

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On this week's programme to mark National Science Week I visited the national finals of Scifest and spoke to its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Porter. I also spoke to two teachers, Catherine Tattersall from Sutton Park School and Dr. Katie Corbett from Skerries Community College.

I also bring you a final piece from my interview with Mary Roche, author of Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Picturebooks, in which she names some of her favourite picture books.

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On this week's programme my guest is Mags Amond, a recently retired science teacher, a prolific tweeter and the woman who introduced Teachmeets to  Ireland.

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