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 5 - Planning and Content of the Primary School Curriculum 1922–1971 129
chapter 5 Planning and Content of the Primary School Curriculum 1922–1971 5.1 Introduction This chapter examines curriculum provisions in Ireland from the advent of independence until the introduction of the Primary School Curriculum (1971). It examines the embryonic stages of development from the Gaelic League programme in 1918, which contained seminal lines inf luencing later curriculum development. The first and Second National Programme Conferences, which reported in 1922 and 1926 respectively, laid the foun- dation and set the tone for the curriculum followed between 1922 and 1971. An analysis of their establishment, composition, terms of refer- ence and modus operandi is documented. The process undertaken to devise the curricula, the individuals and organisations involved and consulted, and the relationship between the process of devising and the end product, are examined to determine the powerful stakeholders in Irish education in independent Ireland. The chapter documents two further key curriculum developments following the 1920s. The first was a minor modification to the curriculum enacted in 1934, with a view to strengthening further the position of the Irish language within schools. Second, a Revised Programme for Infants was introduced in 1948, which represented a hiatus in the philosophy and content of other curriculum traditions in the period. 130 chapter 5 5.2 The Education Programme of the Gaelic League (1918) The Gaelic League was aware of the imminence of some form of independ- ence and began to make preparations to ensure schools would be ready to introduce an education for children more in...
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