Education Reform in Ireland

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Introduction: The education system in Ireland has always been a considerable point of discord. It has been the focus of numerous debates and reforms. Many of these initiatives have been heralded as exemplary feats of innovation and reform in there early days and then rapidly seem to deteriorate over time. Even our success stories appear as isolated pockets of excellence are as likely to atrophy as to prosper (Fullan, 2001). The power to select and shape curriculum in Ireland has predominately rested in the hands of the privileged few. As a consequence of this the values and rationale underlining Irish curriculum have persistently lacked consultation, partnership and connectivity with the true drivers and targets of the initiatives. This has led to the repeated introduction of new reforms and the repeated failures of these reforms in the most vicious of cyclical processes. As we stand on the cusp a truly radical educational reform, this paper will outline how the NCCA are transcending past failures and resistance to change by sectoral interests to create an educational reform that will if politically and locally supported alter the fabric of the educational system and Irish society. This will be done by critically evaluating the importance of consultation/ partnership in successful reforms, the approach that the NCCA are taking and finally the values in these proposed changes and how they compare to the current school culture and curriculum. According to Fullan, “the failure to institutionalize an innovation underlies the disappearance of many reforms”. (Fullan, 2001, p748) As with any real reform of a system it requires partnership and consultation with all invested bodies. It can be said of past reforms that this never occurred. ... ... middle of paper ... ... Education policy in twentieth century Ireland, Dublin: Wolfhound Press OECD, (2010) Education at a glance: Ireland, Paris: OECD Perters, R.S. (1966) The philosophy of education. The study of education, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Posner, G. (1998) ‘Models of curriculum planning’. In Beyer, L. and Apple, M. (eds) The Curriculum. Problems, Politics and Possibilities (2nd edn). New York: State University of New York Press. Stenhouse, L. (1975) An Introduction to Curriculum Research and Development, London: Heinemann. Stoll, L., Fink, D. (1995) Changing our schools, Buckingham: Open University Press TUI, (2013) [Accessed: 25 Nov 2013] King, W. (2013). [Accessed: 25 Nov 2013].
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