The conferring of awards on the first graduands of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching took place at the University of Limerick on the 24th of January 2015. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD attended the ceremony which saw 288 teachers graduate from the two year part-time programme, devised as a targeted initiative for out-of-field teachers of mathematics in Ireland. As registered post-primary teachers and graduates of the programme, they are deemed by the Teaching Council to have met the Council’s requirements for Mathematics.
The diploma is fully funded by the Department of Education and Skills as part of the national strategy to support the implementation of Project Maths and improve standards in mathematics education in post-primary schools by upskilling out-of-field teachers of mathematics. The programme is closely aligned with the needs of out-of-field teachers of mathematics, Project Maths and the requirements of the Teaching Council.
The delivery of the programme involves a consortium of Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) led by the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL) based at the University of Limerick. The center also partnered with Google Ireland enabling the programme designers to maximize the blended learning opportunities for students.
Speaking from the conferring ceremony Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD. said “Continuous professional development of our teachers in a wide range of areas including, as a priority, literacy and numeracy, is vital. Dedicated funding for the further development of post-primary teachers in mathematics has been ringfenced through this programme and you have made our investment worthwhile. The innovation of the teaching on this programme, which involves so many of our higher education institutes, is an example to be copied. The motivating factor in all these Institutions coming together and collaborating was always, and continues to be, that the mathematics competence of our students is raised to compare with the best in the world.”
Sibel Erduran made 2 presentations at the Southern African Association for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Conference held in Maputo, Mozambique in January 2015. The titles of the presentations were: (a) Promoting pre-service teachers’ learning of argumentation in Rwanda, and (b) Pre-Service science teachers’ visual representations of scientific practices.
Biology for Today: Biotechnology for life Symposium for second level biology students is being run again this year on the 23rd of January at the University of Limerick from 10.30- 12.30pm.
The aim of the symposium is to enrich students’ experience of Biology and Agricultural Science topics. It will also provide them with additional insights into Biotechnology for life. It offers an opportunity to students to appreciate the outcomes of the most up-to-date research in the various biological topics. This years speaker include:
Dr Simon Berrow: Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology: Beyond the Horizon – A Look at Irish Seas.
Dr Evelyn Hannon; Department of Life Sciences, University of Limerick :Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Prof William T O’ Connor: Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick: Caring for Your Brain
There is a cost of €5 per student.
If you would like more information or to make a reservation you can contact Helen Fitzgerald on 061-234786 email: Helen.Fitzgerald@ul.ie or Alison Cullinane on 061-234916 email: Alison.Cullinane@ul.ie.
Sibel Erduran gave a keynote talk at the International Science Education Conference in Singapore in November 2014. The title of the talk was “From Lists in Pieces to Coherent Wholes: Revisiting the Nature of Science in Science Education."