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ERIC Number: ED532780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 466
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-3-0343-0751-2
Primary Education in Ireland, 1897-1990. Rethinking Education. Volume 12
Walsh, Thomas
Peter Lang Oxford
This book critically examines the context, origins, development and implementation of successive primary school curricula in Ireland between 1897 and 1990. It focuses on three particular policy changes during the period: the "Revised Programme of Instruction" introduced in 1900, the curricular provisions implemented following the achievement of independence in the 1920s and the "Primary School Curriculum" of 1971. These three eras are distinctive by virtue of their philosophy of education, the content of the curriculum, the methodologies employed and the concept of the child inherent in the curriculum. The author analyses curricular changes within the complex web of wider educational and societal factors that influenced their devising and implementation. In this way, he locates curricular developments within the climate of thought from which these policies emerged. The philosophy and ideology underpinning successive curricula are examined, along with the successes and shortcomings of curriculum implementation in each period. This historical analysis of the evolution of the primary curriculum in Ireland has much to offer researchers and policymakers in the contemporary context, amid ongoing curriculum development.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland