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ERIC Number: EJ1082110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Policy over Procedure: A Look at the School Completion Programme in Ireland. Is This State Led Educational Intervention for Disadvantaged Children Merely Philanthropic and Can Current Global and National Neo Liberal Policy Trends in Education Be Overcome?
McKenna, Declan
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v13 n2 p371-390 Oct 2015
"An overview of contemporary curriculum discourse shows a worrying drift to the technical; in current curriculum debates, technique is winning out over substance, procedure over principles" (Looney 2001, p.149). As a project worker in the School Completion Programme in Ireland I ask what and who education is for and look at to whom and to what end current policy and practice benefit and where School Completion Programme fits into the debate. To counter the current trend of curriculum debates drifting to the technical, the development of a curriculum conscience is explored as well as offering Freirean type "limit acts" in negating and overcoming, rather than passively accepting the given.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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