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ERIC Number: EJ990115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-26
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Personal Development in Secondary Education: The Irish Transition Year
Clerkin, Aidan
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v20 n38 Nov 2012
Secondary education in Ireland includes an optional Transition Year (TY) between the junior and senior examination cycles, when students are typically about 15 years old. Transition Year is an innovative programme, unique to Irish education, which is intended as a non-academic year devoted to personal and social development in the absence of examination pressure. Slightly more than half of the eligible student cohort take part in the programme, with the remainder skipping TY and progressing directly to senior education. Qualitative evidence suggests that TY is generally viewed as a positive experience for participating students. However, competing perspectives regard the programme as a luxury that is no longer worth sustaining. This article discusses the development of the programme and its relevance to the Irish education system, reviews previous and related research, and identifies future directions and areas where further attention is warranted. (Contains 1 figure and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland