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ERIC Number: EJ810421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Education and the "Universalist" Idiom of Empire: Irish National School Books in Ireland and Ontario
Walsh, Patrick
History of Education, v37 n5 p645-660 Sep 2008
This paper compares the founding of the elementary school systems of Ireland and Ontario in the nineteenth century. The systems shared a common set of textbooks that had originated in Ireland. Using examples from a number of these books, which were part of a series that had been specially prepared for the Irish national school system, founded in 1831, and information from archive sources on policy and administration in both countries, the paper argues that there was a common, "universalist", imperialist ideology being promulgated in both systems. The article focuses on these "universalist" principles rather than undertaking a detailed analysis of the textbooks. (Contains 54 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Ireland