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ERIC Number: EJ831843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Ideological Challenges to the Social Inclusion Agenda in the Republic of Ireland
O'Brien, Stephen; O Fathaigh, Mairtin
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v11 n5-6 p593-606 Sep 2007
This paper is set against a background of Ireland's endorsement of a "unique" social partnership model wherein educational policy measures are being shaped by emergent change factors in a so-called new era of lifelong learning. Despite a number of policy responses focusing on the need for greater social inclusion, the paper highlights how the Irish education system continues to mirror and produce notions of "advantage" and "disadvantage". It is argued that while educational strategies appear extensive in addressing this social stratification, serious questions remain concerning their far-reaching impact. In particular, the paper points to a critical concern for how notions of "disadvantage" and "social exclusion" are ideationally conceived and used within an Irish policy context. It is contended that the inadequate treatise of this concern impedes real progress towards meeting the needs of disadvantaged groups in society. A case for reassessing the ideological treatment of social exclusion is therefore made in the interest of promoting effective educational measures for social (and cultural) inclusion. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland