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ERIC Number: EJ1139736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Primary Humanities--A Perspective from Northern Ireland
Greenwood, Richard; Richardson, Norman; Gracie, Anita
Education 3-13, v45 n3 p309-319 2017
The word "humanities" does not appear in the current Northern Ireland Curriculum (NIC). Geography and history are taught within an Area of Learning called "The World Around Us" which also contains science and technology. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on an integrated, "connected learning" way of teaching and learning. Religious Education is a separate subject that stands alongside, rather than within, the NIC, and the curriculum also includes a new Area of Learning--"Personal Development and Mutual Understanding". The distinctive content and modes of teaching which the humanities subjects tend to encourage ought to be seen as particularly important in Northern Ireland--a part of the UK which has endured a complicated past and remains to a large extent segregated, both socially and educationally. This complicated past means that there is often wariness and reluctance on the part of teachers towards tackling controversial personal and social issues in the primary school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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