April 27, 2004

North/South Student Teacher Exchange Evaluation Day – Year 2

Friday 30 April 2004
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin

The purpose of meeting was to share joint perspectives on the North/South student teacher exchange initiative, which was organised by the Centre for Cross Border Studies under the auspices of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South. It was important to gather an honest account of how valuable and successful – or otherwise – the exchange had been. The exchange was evaluated in the light of the objectives the EU Peace Two Programme (the funders) had laid down for the project. The purpose of the morning was to hear the students’ views and the afternoon the lecturers’ views. The outline for the day’s activities is structured so as to provide this important information.

Students (morning):

10.30 am Registration and coffee

11.00 Official opening by Brenda Hegarty, Programme Manager, Special EU Programmes’ Body

11.05 Welcome by Andy Pollak, Centre for Cross Border Studies, and Dr Maeve Martin (Evaluator), National University of Ireland Maynooth

11.15 Breakaway groups (same as Orientation Day)

12.00 Plenary session and feedback

12.30 Completion of post-teaching practice questionnaire

1.00 Lunch (students are free to depart following lunch)

Directors of teaching practice and lecturers (afternoon):

1.30 Evaluation meeting

2.30 Close