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New Educational Horizons in Contemporary Ireland

Trends and Challenges

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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.
Thomas G. Grenham is a lecturer in Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He was formerly Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Head of the Department of Pastoral Theology at the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Dublin. He is the author of The Unknown God: Religious and Theological Interculturation (2005) and the editor of Pastoral Ministry for Today: ‘Who Do You Say That I Am?’ Conference Papers 2008 (2009).
Patricia Kieran is a British Foreign and Commonwealth Chevening Scholar. She currently teaches Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, and formerly lectured in Theology at Newman College, University of Birmingham. She is co-author of Children, Catholicism and Religious Education (2005) and co-editor of Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition (2007) and Exploring Religious Education: Catholic Religious Education in an Intercultural Europe (2008).