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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Early education: You’re never too young to get a start in the arts

The Irish Times – Sam Keating

“Thomas Johnston is a traditional musician and educational specialist. By day he works at St Patrick’s College, researching diversity in music education by documenting primary-school children’s experience of music in the classroom. In his spare time he works directly with an even younger demographic: infants and toddlers aged up to four. “As a musician,” says Johnston, “working with such a young age group is exciting because there is a completely natural reaction to music: they embody it through movement. But as an educator the challenge is also an exciting one. How do you enable them to engage with music in the best possible way?” Interest in early-years arts – targeting children before formal education – is growing in Ireland. As research reveals the enormous benefits to the development of children’s brains from cultural activity, and psychologists stress the importance of the first three years of life, the arts have become an integral part of early childcare.”(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Get a job in 2020: Follow your heart, or follow the money

The Irish Times – Peter McGuire

“The advice is clear: study languages, go for an IT course, get a job in construction, think about science and engineering. This, students are told, is where the jobs will be when they graduate in 2019 or 2020. The advice comes from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), whose track record on predicting the future – usually a notoriously fraught game for mugs – has been consistently solid. That said, students do need to consider what really interests them, and also what type of skills – such as teamwork and research – will really be needed in the workplace of 2020. We asked three experts for their advice.”(more)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Best gift of all is to think twice before you give a child more time in front of a screen

The Independent – Teresa Heeney

“The latest research from Growing Up in Ireland suggests that five-year-old children who spend three hours a day or more watching TV, playing video games, or on the internet, are more likely to be among those with emotional or behavioural difficulties.”(more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Could Ireland become a leading country for studying Chinese?

TheJournal.ie – Staff Writer

“THE TIES BETWEEN China and Ireland are growing thanks to two new initiatives being introduced by Trinity College Dublin (TCD)…The university said that the new MA programme “aims to produce graduates equipped with the intellectual and transferable skills for future careers requiring a strong knowledge of contemporary China”.” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lack of language skills hurting Irish jobseekers

Irish Examiner – Conall Ó Fátharta

“Irish jobseekers are missing out on careers and business opportunities due to a lack of foreign language skills… large multinationals such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter had their European headquarters here due to Ireland’s highly educated and skilled workforce, but a lack of language skills was forcing Irish people out of the market.” (more)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“For very young children, awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages three and four and is highest for unhealthy foods, according to a new study from Ireland.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Parenting courses help reduce ADHD symptoms among children, study shows

The Irish Times – Carl O’Brien

“Children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make significant improvements in behaviour if their parents receive a special training programme, according to a study.”(more)

Friday, November 15, 2013

New campaign aims to boost languages in our education

Independent.ie – Katherine Donnelly

“While so-called STEM subjects are much in demand from employers, proficiency in foreign languages is also essential for many jobs. Many businesses and industries operate in a global market, and their staff need to be able to communicate across the world.”(more)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

IT skills and languages will increase jobseeker employment prospects

Careers Portal – Staff Writer

“The National Skills Bulletin 2013 continues to report skills shortages across a number of occupations, and multilingual skills are a key aspect of some of these shortages…The acquisition of foreign language capability would also increase jobseekers’ employment prospects.” (more)