Response from the School of Education to the ISSE survey

The School of Eeducation intends to insure that the positive elements of the programs outlined are maintained. Specifically we are please to see that the strong student support culture has been noted and we will ensure that the availability of staff and the openness with which students are supported within the School of Education continues.  We also note the high level of satisfaction generally with our programmes and the positive elements that  have been identified in the student comments.

There are specific areas where we will address issues highlighted by the students.

  1. The Issue of timely feedback has been identified in a number of student comments.
    This has been noted and we will make explicit reference to appropriate response times to student assignment in handbooks and all assessments related material and ensure that these timelines are practised by all members of staff. The head of school will folow up o nthis with staff and students. Review May 2020 – We have included specific times lines for feedback in out 2020/2021 Course Handbooks
  2. We are reconceptualising PME and MGO year two for the purposes of ensuring that many issues raised  by the students are addressed. We intend to introduce a lot more seminars that focus directly on issues related to classroom practice in a way that links theory and practice much more explicitly. This will address issues related to  more group work, additional inputs with respect to methodologies and additional inputs with respect to teaching students with special educational needs and the area inclusive education more broadly. Review May 2020 The new strucutre was piloted on the smaller Irish Medium teacher education programme in 2019-2020. There were very positive responses to the changes. A more ambitious revised strucutre and programme content will be  extended to the  larger 2 PME programme for 2020/2021. These changes have been discussed at length with relevant stakeholders and  has been received favourably by students, partner schools and  SoE staff. Some adjustments will have to be made to all our structures in response to the current crisis and to public health advice. It is likely that there will be very variable student responses to what we have to do to make teachng and learning work online. 
  3. We have requested that lecturers specifically explicate the broader more learning outcomes that are address in lecture content methodologies and discussions