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ERIC Number: EJ811034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-15
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland: Education for Peace and Reconciliation
Pickett, Linda
Childhood Education, v84 n6 p351 Aug 2008
The core aim of integrated schools is to provide the child with a caring self-fulfilling educational experience which will enable him/her to become a fulfilled and caring adult. The harmonious, peaceful environments that characterize integrated schools in Northern Ireland are particularly significant in that they have developed within a larger social context that has been fraught with separation and conflict. This article discusses the creation and development of unique schools in Northern Ireland where Catholic and Protestant students come together in settings that promote mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation. The purpose of this article is not to suggest that integrated education is a panacea for sectarianism, bias, or conflict in Northern Ireland (or elsewhere). Indeed, educators in the integrated sector continue working, with varying degrees of success, to address those issues, and research continues to enlighten practice. This article presents aspects of the integrated approach that foster the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that allow members of the school community to live and learn together peaceably.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)