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Education in Ireland

A contemporary snapshot of Irish education, this book positions 21st-century Irish education at the centre of the creation of the knowledge economy. Divided into three parts, it outlines the challenges and changes presented as a result of a changing education system and society.

The book is divided into three parts, each dedicated to a specific theme:
Part one: The Changing System
• Charts selected changes that have taken place in Irish education in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
• Considers education’s role in building a knowledge economy and social cohesion
Part two: Diversity & Inclusion in Schools
• Analyses the changes in Irish schools based on the results of original research on change, diversity, inclusion and on ethnicity, disability and social class disadvantage
• Draws together key findings relating to the impact of increasing diversity in Irish schools in comparison with international trends
Part three: Teacher Education for Changing Times
• Presents research on teacher education at all stages of the teaching career and discusses how teachers can adapt to the challenges of change
• Highlights new evidence relating to the recruitment, formation and continuing professional development of teachers

Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and supported by the most up-to-date research and findings
ESSENTIAL READING FOR Graduate Diplomas in Education & Masters in Education courses Primary & Secondary Teacher Education courses Sociology and Social Policy courses Policy makers and general readers

Out of print



Publication Date

December 2009




Paperback, 252 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


Part One: The Changing System
1: The legacy of legislation and the pragmatics of policy: historical
perspectives on schooling for Irish children
Deirdre Raftery
2: ‘Words importing the masculine gender includes females’: women at UCD in the
first decade of the 20th century
Judith Harford
3: Education and the knowledge economy: a challenge for Ireland in changing
Sheelagh Drudy
Part Two: Diversity and Inclusion in Schools
4: Migrant children’s perspectives on policy and practice in Irish schools
Dympna Devine
5: Are inclusive schools possible? Children with disabilities and special
educational needs in second level schools
William Kinsella
6: ADHD: inclusion or exclusion in mainstream Irish schools?
Joyce Senior
7: Inclusion in primary school; experience in Ireland and the USA
Máirin Barry
8: Language, socio-economic class and education


234 x 156 mm


Edited by Sheelagh Drudy

Availability Status

Out of print

Sheelagh Drudy is a professor at the School of Education, UCD.

Out of print
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