11 février 2014

Aboriginal leaders skeptical about plan

Winnipeg Free PressBy Alexandra Paul. Nelson notes funding won't start until 2016. Manitoba's aboriginal leadership is predictably mixed on the federal reforms to education. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak leader David Harper was at the prime minister's side for the announcement in Standoff, Alta., in a show of support with other chiefs, including Shawn Atleo, leader of the Assembly of First Nations. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs offered no comment on the reforms that were rolled out in southern Alberta. More...

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Canada’s pitch to foreign students: Come here, it’s expensive

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Simona Chiose. What is the purpose of foreign students? It’s a stark question but one that the federal government is failing to ask in its rush to just increase the numbers. When the goal of raising the number of foreign students in Canada to 450,000 was announced last month, I was reading education news in Spain where students are grappling with their own issues, from an unemployment rate of over 50 per cent to increasing fees for degrees. Read more...

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The role of grades in university education

By Mark Mercer. It is curious, and depressing, that in the 32 pages of the arbitrator’s award on the dismissal of Denis Rancourt, there is no discussion of the role final course grades play in education. When administrators are quoted on the value of final grades, they talk about their usefulness to graduate schools and employers, not about their value in teaching or learning.
Rancourt was a professor of physics at the University of Ottawa until March 2009, when the university formally dismissed him. Rancourt grieved that dismissal through his union. The arbitrator in the case, Claude H. Foisy, recently found the dismissal to be justified and denied the grievance. More...

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Getting a read on students

The Chronicle HeraldBy Jan Wong. I was inside my university office when I heard whispering outside my door. Reluctant to be disturbed, I hesitated to reveal myself.
Suddenly a note was slid under the door. Resignedly, I got up from my desk and opened the door. Two students were scurrying down the hall.
“I’m here!” I called. More...

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High health insurance premiums force international students to make tough choices

By Karen Seidman. No parent wants to see their child get sick or injured, but last year doctoral student Faiza Abdulwahid was particularly anxious about her then 11-year-old son remaining well.
On a limited income as she completes her thesis and facing costly health insurance premiums as an international student, she had to opt out of paying for his health insurance because it was too expensive. More...

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Interns are not free labour

Canada.comThere's an old joke about an employment ad seeking someone between the ages of 25 and 30 with 40 years of experience. It's no joke, though, for college and university students trying to enter the workforce and encountering an employment Catch-22: You need experience to get a job; you need a job to get experience.
There's an old joke about an employment ad seeking someone between the ages of 25 and 30 with 40 years of experience. It's no joke, though, for college and university students trying to enter the workforce and encountering an employment Catch-22: You need experience to get a job; you need a job to get experience. More...

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The next generation of study

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Scott Davidson. For those in work looking to improve their career prospects, work-based distance learning degrees may provide the answer, says Professor Scott Davidson. Part-time degree study, once considered the affordable option for long-term career development, was reported last year to have declined forty per cent in the UK since 2011. More...

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Poor schoolchildren reluctant to apply to 'posh' Oxbridge

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton. Top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge are still seen by poor pupils as "posh" and "all top hats and stuff", research finds, as a new Government programme is launched to encourage more bright children to apply. The majority of state schools are failing to push bright pupils from poor families towards top universities amid fears they are full of “posh” students, according to Government research. More...

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Les ruptures de contrats d'apprentissage en Aquitaine

Aquitaine Cap MétiersPlus d’un apprenti sur cinq ayant signé un premier contrat chez un employeur aquitain quitte le dispositif d’apprentissage après une rupture de contrat. C’est ce que révèle l’étude sur les ruptures de contrats d'apprentissage en Aquitaine menée par l’Observatoire de l’Alternance, porté dans sa partie technique par Aquitaine Cap Métiers.
Cette nouvelle approche permet d’ « individualiser » les ruptures en s’inscrivant dans le parcours des apprentis. Elle complète l’approche généralement utilisée sur le volume global des contrats rompus. Consulter l'étude. Suite...

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Le développement des politiques régionales d'apprentissage

Aquitaine Cap MétiersCette étude qualitative réalisée par le Céreq (Centre d’études et de recherches sur les qualifications) a pour objectif d’identifier les marges de progrès et les freins au développement de l’apprentissage. Les enquêtes de terrain ont été conduites de façon anonyme dans trois régions auprès des principaux intervenants locaux. Des éléments de différenciation entre régions ont été observés qui donnent un caractère spécifique aux politiques régionales. Télécharger l'étude sur le site du Céreq. Suite...

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