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 6 - Implementation of the Primary School Curriculum 1922–1971 171
chapter 6 Implementation of the Primary School Curriculum 1922–1971 6.1 Introduction This chapter documents the implementation of successive curricula in the period 1922–1971. The implementation of the programmes emanating from the first and Second National Programme Conferences are analysed concurrently as they were devised within a few years of one another and their content did not dif fer significantly. The focus on the Irish language revival within schools throughout the period dominated evaluations of the programme and much of the available documentation emphasises the Irish language, to the neglect of many other aspects of implementation. This chapter draws on available sources such as inspectors’ reports pro- duced between 1925 and 1930 and the annual reports of the Department of Education published until 1964. In addition, organisations such as the INTO conducted research into the programme, most notably a report in 1941 in relation to the use of Irish as a teaching medium and the Plan for Education published in 1947. A number of government commissions and agencies examined curriculum provision at dif ferent times in this period and despite the fact that many of their recommendations were not imple- mented, their reports provide an important barometer for the evolution of thinking regarding curriculum issues. 172 chapter 6 6.2 Reports of the Department of Education and Inspectors’ Reports The annual reports published by the Department of Education in the period from the 1920s to the 1960s are an important source of information on cur- riculum implementation. Between 1925 and...
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