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Ó Ceallaigh, T. J.; Ní Dhonnabháin, Áine – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
As a language, Irish is unique to Ireland and is, therefore, of crucial importance to the identity of the Irish people, to Irish culture and to world heritage. The Irish language however has had a turbulent and traumatic history and has endured a complex and varied relationship with the Irish people. Since the foundation of the Irish Free State,…
Descriptors: Irish, History, Models, Language Planning
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Moynihan, Joseph A. – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
Transition Year is a unique and exciting programme situated in the middle of the six year second level education system in Ireland. Since its introduction in 1974, the programme has experienced unprecedented growth now being offered in over 80% of schools on the island. Transition Year seeks to emphasize alternative learning methodologies…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Social Development
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O'Sullivan, Dan – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
As qualitative research undertakings are not independent of the researcher, the "indissoluble interrelationship between interpreter and interpretation" (Thomas & James, 2006, p. 782) renders it necessary for researchers to understand that their text is a representation, a version of the truth that is the product of writerly choices,…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Educational Researchers, Narration, Professional Identity
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Fleming, Domnall – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
In positioning student voice within the Irish education policy discourse it is imperative that this emergent and complex concept is explored and theorized in the context of its definition and motivation. Student voice can then be positioned and critiqued as it emerged within Irish education policy primarily following Ireland's ratification of the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Student Attitudes, Educational Practices, Educational Change
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Kirwan, Liz – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
This article interrogates the extent to which the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) through its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) influenced the development of Project Maths, a new second-level mathematics education policy in Ireland. It argues that the Irish government, in its revision of mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Curriculum, Secondary School Mathematics, International Assessment
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O'Donovan, Margaret – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
This study explores the challenges and opportunities in relation to developing distributed leadership practice in Irish post-primary schools. It considers school leadership within the context of contemporary distributed leadership theory. Associated concepts such as distributed cognition and activity theory are used to frame the study. The study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Participative Decision Making, Transformational Leadership, Barriers
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Cahill, Kevin – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
This paper is a critical policy analysis of intersections between social class inequality and education policy in Ireland. The focus is upon contemporary policy and legislation such as The Irish Constitution and equality legislation; social inclusion policies such as the DEIS scheme; literacy and numeracy policy documents; as well as current…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, Social Class, Equal Education
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Long, Siobhán Dowling – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
The debate relating to the place and value of the arts in Irish Education is one that has dominated educational policy, provision, and practice down through the history of Irish educational policy from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Indeed, interest in this topic has been re-ignited with the recent publication of two educational…
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Policy, Literacy, Numeracy
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Murphy, Rosaleen – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
Early childhood care and education in Ireland has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, as a result of public concern about standards in some early years services. Services for children before they enter primary school are largely the responsibility of the department of health, while children in the formal school system are the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Child Care