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ERIC Number: EJ1080268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
Asking the Right Questions: Teacher Education in the Republic of Ireland
Walsh, Brendan
Education Research and Perspectives, v33 n2 p37-59 2006
This paper locates contemporary issues in teacher education in the Republic of Ireland within the broad context of historical developments. The paper is in six parts. It opens with an exposition on the emergence of teacher training in pre Independent Ireland which considers teachers' working conditions, the management structure of schools, and the curriculum of the primary teacher training colleges. The overall neglect of the Irish language in the schools, the modest attempts at teaching the language in the final years of British rule over the greater part of the country, and the emergence of the notion that teachers in an independent Ireland should play a key role in its revival are then considered. This is followed by an account of the extent to which the preparation of teachers, both for primary and secondary schools, from Independence in the early 1920s to the beginning of the 1960s, was very much a matter of providing basic "training". The fourth part of the paper details significant changes in policy from the 1960s, to the early 1990s which were aimed at enhancing the professional status of teachers through a move to "teacher education". The paper then goes on to consider a variety of major challenges currently being faced by teachers and the tensions which exist between these and government rhetoric on education, including teacher education. Finally, a series of challenges facing teacher education in Ireland in the future, as perceived by the present author, are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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