ERIC Number: ED378824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Public and Teacher Attitudes Toward Irish in the Schools. A Review of Recent Surveys. Occasional Paper Number 6.
O Riagain, Padraig
Results of research attitudes toward the use of Irish in Ireland's schools are examined. The first section reports on three surveys of the adult public in 1973, 1983, and 1985. The second section discusses three surveys among national samples of young people in Ireland in 1980, 1981, and 1983. In the third section, two attitude surveys of primary school teachers are discussed. It is concluded that while there are some technical problems and some differences in emphasis and survey timing, the main surveys reviewed are generally consistent, and that discrepancies occur more in interpretation than in data. With regard to educational policy, the public pursues varied objectives and the majority endorses current policy. It is also generally agreed that "slow learners" and students whose parents do not endorse Irish instruction should not be required to learn Irish. Demand for change appears to come from minority groups with different viewpoints. Teachers are among the groups most proficient in Irish, most favorably disposed to it, and most likely to use it often. They also feel students with low academic or language ability should not be required to learn Irish. A new curriculum is desired. Students and young adults based their judgments on the perceived utility of the language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistics Inst. of Ireland, Dublin.
Identifiers - Location: Ireland