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New Educational Horizons in Contemporary Ireland

Trends and Challenges


Edited By Thomas Grenham and Patricia Kieran

Ireland is in the grip of a postmodern cultural deconstruction on many levels. The traditional ‘grand narratives’ are increasingly viewed with suspicion and disenchantment as Ireland struggles to understand its evolving identity. There is a growing need for comprehensive interdisciplinary research that will facilitate teaching and learning in this rapidly changing cultural and societal context.
This book brings a fresh approach to Irish educational debates, in which qualified educational specialists engage collaboratively in interdisciplinary reflection on their own teaching and learning. The volume addresses a multiplicity of key issues in Irish education (with a particular focus on the primary sector), including teacher formation, curriculum development, teaching and learning methods, educational policy, philosophy, history, religious education, ethics, special needs education and transformative education. The book aims both to critique new educational policy and practice and to identify the key challenges in providing innovative, imaginative and cutting-edge teaching and learning in contemporary Irish schools.


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Acknowledgements xi Abbreviations xiii Notes on Contributors xvii Foreword by Anne Looney xxiii Thomas G. Grenham Introduction: The Changing Face of Ireland and New Educational Horizons 1 Part 1 Irish Identity 13 Tony Bonfield 1 Exploring the Nature of Irishness within the 1999 Primary Curriculum 15 Maurice Harmon and Elaine Mahon 2 The Identity and Nature of Catholic Schools in the Irish Context 33 Part II Formation 51 Anne M. Dolan 3 Lifelong Learning: A New Paradigm for Teacher Education 53 viii Sandra Ryan and John Galvin 4 Classroom Teaching and Formation: Developing Educational Partnership 73 Claire W. Lyons 5 Teaching the Self: Personal Formation, Emotions and Behaviour in the Classroom 93 Anne O’Byrne 6 Teacher Formation: Preparing Pre-service Student Teachers to Meet the Needs of Pupils with Autism in Mainstream Primary Schools 115 Cóilín Ó Braonáin 7 A Case for the Inclusion of Therapeutic Play in Pre-service Teacher Formation 135 Part III Policy and Practice 155 Tony Lyons 8 Compulsory School Attendance Legislation in Ireland 1892–2000 157 Carol O’Sullivan 9 The Guidelines for Intercultural Education in the Primary School: Evidence of ‘Deep Change’ in Irish Primary Education? 177 Daniel O’Connell and Amalee Meehan 10 Exploring the Spiritual Dimension of the School Curriculum 193 ix Part IV Diversity and Inclusion 213 Anne O’Byrne and Miriam Twomey 11 Perceptions of Inclusion: Students with Special Educational Needs 215 Patricia Kieran 12 Religious Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Primary Schools 233 Thomas G. Grenham 13 Pluralism in the Primary School:...

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