Deloitte 2010 education survey - Gerard Lyons
Gerard Lyons, Head of Education, Deloitte Ireland, comments on the 2010 Deloitte education survey.
"In recent times, there has been a lot of commentary on the preparation of second level students for the transition to higher level education both in Ireland and internationally. In the recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, Ireland, 15 old year students scored below average in science and maths.
Our colleagues in the US recently conducted a survey into the preparation of the student for higher level education and it found that, according to the teachers' perspective, the student is not adequately prepared for higher level in the areas of critical thinking skills, the application of research and analytical skills.
The survey also indicated that there is a disconnect between the teacher and the student, as two-thirds of the students surveyed believed that they were adequately prepared for higher education. However, the survey did find that 28% of the students surveyed required additional support in maths in their first year at higher level.
At present in the US there is no formal relationship between third level and second level, thus making it impossible to evaluate the effectiveness of the education the students were receiving in second level. The survey did reveal that there is an opportunity for improving college preparedness: if teachers had access to data on the student performance in higher level, they would review their curriculum to further develop the skills which the student required at higher level. "
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