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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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Notes on Contributors Tony Bonfield is a lecturer in Philosophy of Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. His research interests include the exploration and analy- sis of concepts pertinent to social inclusion and exclusion in education, national and international identities as embedded in curriculum, the inves- tigation of aspects of comparative education, and the review of a range of concepts attending the nature of educational studies, when conceptualised as a field of knowledge. He has worked at many levels of education, includ- ing considerable experience in the primary sector. James G. Deegan is Professor in the Department of Learning, Society and Religious Education, and Director of Graduate Studies in Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He is a former Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA and Sarah H. Moss Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. His publications include Children’s Friendships in Culturally Diverse Classrooms (1996) and Primary Voices: Equality, Diversity and Childhood in Irish Primary Schools (2004, with Dympna Devine and Anne Lodge). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and a founding member of the Colleges of Education Research Consortium (Ireland). Anne M. Dolan is a lecturer with the Department of Learning, Society and Religious Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Currently she teaches a range of methodology courses in primary geography and a range of modules in adult and community education, lifelong learning and development and intercultural education. After working as a primary teacher for a number...

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