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Thursday 17 April 2014

Young Scientist: Do boring teachers actually make it more difficult to take in knowledge?

Luke Fehily

If a teacher is boring and not very investing, does that make it harder for students to learn? Not really, according to Luke Fehily's investigation.

With the help of a student teacher, Mr Fehily investigated whether a positive, mediocre and then negative teaching atmosphere made a difference. He made sure none of his teachers were involved in the project. His project is called 'Teachers - The good, the bad and the ugly'.

"I think it would have been seen as a form of political treason if I involved the teachers themselves," Mr Fehily said.

"Hopefully I didn't make any enemies during the project."

The 16-year-old was inspired to take part in this project after noticing different teaching trends while going through the junior certificate programme.

"There are 550 projects, so there are around 549 other projects to compete with. It will be fantastic," he said.

"This is the culmination of three months work. I put my life and soul into this, so hopefully I come away with something."

Irish Independent

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