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The Development of Infant Education in Ireland, 1838-1948

Epochs and Eras

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Maura O'Connor

Winner of the Kevin Brehony Book Prize, awarded by the History of Education Society (UK)

This is the first published historical analysis of the development of infant education in Ireland. It spans the period from the opening of the Model Infant School in Marlborough Street, Dublin, in 1838 to the introduction of the child-centred curriculum for infant classes in 1948. A study of early childhood education in Ireland in this period provides an understanding of how the child, childhood and the early years of school were viewed by society. Child-centredness had become a feature of educational practice in Europe in the early eighteenth century and was developed further by Rousseau, Pestalozzi and Froebel. How it manifested itself in schools in Ireland is critically explored in the book through an examination of key reports, as well as through new original primary source material not previously in the public domain. The curricular content, pedagogical approaches and organisation of infant schooling reveal much about the attitudes of those in authority to the youngest children and their educational needs. Interviews with kindergarten advisors, national (primary) school inspectors, lecturers on early childhood education, teachers of infants, and adults who were students in the early decades of the twentieth century provide further insights and enhance our understanding of policies and practices of the time.

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Act of Union xx Alexandra College 88, 242–5 American Child Study Movement 166 Austin, Miss 173, 174, 175, 178, 179, 180 Baggot Street Training College 90, 119, 122, 123, 152, 170, 236 Bardic Schools xix Barton, Miss 82 Bateman, Dr, Inspector 101, 103 Beamish, Miss 212 Belmore, Lord 120, 121, 125, 126 Berry, F. M. 242 Bevis, A. W. 150, 151, 152, 154, 171 Blake, Richard Anthony 69 Bradshaw, T. 130 Breathnach, Professor R. A. 222 Brougham, Lord 69 Browne, Mr, Inspector 101 Campbell, Hettie 233, 242 Caspar, Antonie 88 Catholic Emancipation xx Central Model School 69, 91, 117, 255 Certificate of Competency to teach Kindergarten 104 child-centredness: and the Catholic Church 253, 254 and the curriculum in the new Irish State 253, 260 and society 254 Church of Ireland Training College, Dublin 95, 97, 105, 247 Clarke, T. 129–30 Cof fey, J. 129, 130–3 Columban, Sister 230, 237–41, 247, 248, 249, 252, 253, 267 Commission on Manual and Practical Instruction 1897–1989 (Belmore Commission) 84–7, 96, 99, 100, 104, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 129, 133, 135, 138, 142, 143, 145, 149, 150, 151, 152, 158, 159, 195, 196, 204, 252, 258, 259, 265 Cooke Taylor, W. 52, 53, 70 Corcoran, Professor Timothy 187–99, 201–2, 218, 222–3, 245, 252, 258, 261–2 Cork Model Infant School 204 Dáil Debates 190, 191, 202, 207, 208, 211, 215, 218, 219, 224, 228 Dale, F. H. 148, 158–60, 170, 266 Daly, M....

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