Curriculum and Context
In this way, he locates curricular developments within the climate of thought from which these policies emerged. The philosophy and ideology underpinning successive curricula are examined, along with the successes and shortcomings of curriculum implementation in each period. This historical analysis of the evolution of the primary curriculum in Ireland has much to offer researchers and policymakers in the contemporary context, amid ongoing curriculum development.
Chapter 3 - Implementation of the Revised Programme of Instruction 1900–1921 59
chapter 3 Implementation of the Revised Programme of Instruction 1900–1921 3.1 Introduction In modern history of Education, there is probably in no country such an example of complete change both in administration and methods of instruction as has recently occurred in Ireland; whether we shall in the future be justified in substituting the word reform for the word change time alone can show.1 This chapter examines the question posed by Mr Heller, Head Organiser of Science Instruction to the Commissioners of National Education, in relation to the changes that occurred during the implementation of the Revised Programme. This delineation documents the progress in the various subject areas within the programme by drawing on evidence from inspectors’ reports in the period. The report of Mr F.H. Dale on primary schools, the only major evaluation of the system in this period, is documented. The role of the major educational interests in the imple- mentation process, most notably the teachers, inspectors and organisers, is examined. A detailed analysis of the challenges that beset the imple- mentation of the Revised Programme ensues. The growing inf luence of the Irish language revival movement in the period and its impact on schools is also examined, focusing primarily on the Bilingual Programme introduced in 1904. 60 chapter 3 3.2 Progress of the Revised Programme 3.2.1 Implementation of Subjects Evidence from Inspectors’ Reports The Revised Programme of Instruction was introduced into schools in September 1900. The core established subjects of reading, writing, spell- ing and arithmetic were...
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