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ERIC Number: EJ975918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
Contesting the Limond Thesis on British Influence in Irish Education since 1922: A Comparative Perspective
O'Donoghue, Tom; Harford, Judith
Comparative Education, v48 n3 p337-346 2012
This paper is a response to David Limond's exposition, "[An] historical culture ... rapidly, universally, and thoroughly restored"? British influence on Irish education since 1922, which appeared in "Comparative Education", Vol. 46, No. 4, November 2010, pp. 449-462. Limond's overall thesis is that "a post-colonial overhang affects Irish policy-makers and bureaucrats in their educational policies and practices". This paper contests three main aspects of Limond's exposition. First, in his analysis of the period 1831-1922, he fails to place sufficient emphasis on the extent to which the educational system was favoured by the Catholic Church, which operated in a manner which served not only its own interests, but also those of the middle classes of Irish Catholic farmers, merchants and business people. Secondly, he does not sufficiently indicate the extent to which the structure of Irish education from the early years of independence until the mid-1960s, and associated curriculum changes, were very different from the situation in Britain at the time. Thirdly, while he is correct in stating that, since the 1960s, Ireland has imported certain ideas on educational policy and practice from Britain, he neglects to demonstrate that there were also other sources, and that they were probably more dominant than the British ones. Hopefully, as a rejoinder, the paper will be read in a positive light by indicating how the historical study of Irish education within a comparative context is a neglected area of scholarship, and thus stimulate researchers to address the situation. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom