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Primary Education in Ireland, 1897-1990

Curriculum and Context

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Thomas Walsh

This book critically examines the context, origins, development and implementation of successive primary school curricula in Ireland between 1897 and 1990. It focuses on three particular policy changes during the period: the Revised Programme of Instruction introduced in 1900, the curricular provisions implemented following the achievement of independence in the 1920s and the Primary School Curriculum of 1971. These three eras are distinctive by virtue of their philosophy of education, the content of the curriculum, the methodologies employed and the concept of the child inherent in the curriculum. The author analyses curricular changes within the complex web of wider educational and societal factors that influenced their devising and implementation.
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.

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Index Aireacht na Gaeilge 86, 345 Akenson, Professor Donal Harman 86, 92, 96, 121, 135 An Múinteoir Náisiúnta see journals/ periodicals Archer, Dr Peter 310, 322 assessment/ evaluation 115–17, 229–32, 242–3, 301, 304, 306–8, 341, 343, 353–5 criterion-referenced tests 294, 306, 312, 316 self-evaluation 231–2, 307 standardised tests 231, 243, 307, 324 see also Inspectorate attendance rates see schools bilingualism/ bilingual education see Irish language Board of National Education/ National Board 17, 19, 21, 26, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 46, 47, 56, 58, 65, 66, 69, 72, 73, 78, 80, 166 boards of management see schools Britain/ British Empire see international context/ inf luences Buntús Gaeilge see Irish language Burke, Dr Andrew 325, 329 capitation grants see schools Catholic Church 11, 13, 90, 93, 97, 101, 102, 105, 107, 166, 196, 203, 210–12 involvement in education 13–14, 17, 21–2, 28, 29, 75, 78, 96–8, 109, 155–6, 211, 235, 244, 266, 344, 348 management of schools 13, 14, 23–4, 28, 89, 97, 103–4, 190, 212, 235, 243, 344 relationship with other churches 13, 17, 98, 125, 244 relationship with state 8, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20–1, 28, 86–7, 88–9, 92, 96–8, 125, 134, 204, 344–5 teacher training 23–4, 28–9, 70–1, 110–12 Vatican II 98, 120, 127, 212, 266 Chief Secretary for Ireland 19, 48, 72 child-centred see methodologies Church Education Society 22–3...

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