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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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Abbreviations ABA Applied Behavioural Analysis AS Asperger’s Syndrome ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder B.Ed. Bachelor of Education Degree CCL Certificate in Contemporary Living CCRE Children, Catholicism and Religious Education CDP Community Development Project CEIST Catholic Education, An Irish Schools’ Trust DEIS Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools DES Department of Education and Skills EFA Education for All EI Emotional Intelligence EU European Union EPSEN Education for Persons with Special Needs Act (2004) ESAI Educational Studies Association of Ireland ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESRI Economic and Social Research Institute FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education FSCEP Family-School-Community Educational Partnership Project GAA Gaelic Athletic Association GCD General Catechetical Directory Guidelines Guidelines for Intercultural Education in the Primary School HSE Health Service Executive HSCL Home, School, Community Liaison Scheme in Ireland ID Intellectual Disability IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act xiv Abbreviations IMF International Monetary Fund INTO Irish National Teachers’ Organisation IPPN Irish Primary Principals’ Network Joining the Dots Joining the Dots: Faith, Life, Teachers, Teaching and Theology KCP Kileely Community Project LRE Least Restrictive Environment MIC Mary Immaculate College MP Member of Parliament MRBI Market Research Bureau Ireland NAMA National Asset Management Agency NAPAR National Action Plan Against Racism NIID National Institute of Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development PISA Programme for International Student Assessment PPCL Pilot Programme in Contemporary Living, MIC PSC Primary School Curriculum RE Religious Education REMC Religious Education in a Multicultural Society RI Religious Instruction RME Religious and Moral Education SEN Special...

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