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ERIC Number: EJ1021465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0332-3315
Pedagogy or Politics?: Cyclical Trends in Literacy and Numeracy in Ireland and Beyond
Breacháin, Annie Ó; O'Toole, Leah
Irish Educational Studies, v32 n4 p401-419 2013
In 1999, the primary curriculum was published in Ireland, with emphases on "breadth and balance", recognition of the role of language and the arts and commitment to each child's potential and holistic development. In 2011, the Irish government published a strategy aimed to improve standards of literacy and numeracy among children and young people in Ireland, "Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020". The approaches to address concerns over literacy and numeracy in Irish schools, taken by the Strategy, require deconstruction, and in this paper, we argue that the focus on literacy and numeracy to the exclusion of other educational objectives in Ireland at present threatens the holistic ethos of the curriculum. We challenge those involved in education in Ireland to ensure that pedagogical rather than political concerns motivate our strategies and policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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