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Teacher Preparation in Ireland By Thomas O'Donoghue

Teacher Preparation in Ireland by Thomas O'Donoghue

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This study of teacher preparation policy and practice in Ireland from Independence in 1921 to the present, highlights, within an international context, the extent to which the focus of preparation moved from nation-building until 1967, when free second-level education was introduced, to one concerned with improving the country's human capital.

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Teacher Preparation in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions by Thomas O'Donoghue

Fifty years ago, in 1967, free education was introduced in Ireland for attendance at second-level schools and great expansion of provision of education at both this and third-level followed. Currently, great interest is developing in this landmark development in Irish history, which was probably the most significant initiative taken in regard to education in Ireland from Independence from Britain in 1922 to the present. This book contributes to the interest generated by this landmark anniversary by tracing the history of teacher preparation in Ireland. It relates to the introduction to the 'free education' education scheme introduced in 1967, in that it provides an exposition on the nature of teacher preparation for teaching in primary and second-level schools both before and after the initiative was taken. Thus, it traces the history of teacher preparation through a number of stages; from education for nation-building in the new post-colonial society to partaking in the recent neo-liberal agenda sweeping through education systems throughout the world. This book should be of interest not only to Irish educationists, historians and policy makers, but also to their counterparts internationally, as well as to comparative educationists. It can be seen as providing an exposition which can be used by teacher educators in many parts of the world which they can use to sharpen their perceptions of their own situations through comparison and contrast, provoke ideas for critical discussion, and stimulate them to come to an understanding of the importance of considering contemporary developments within their wider historical contexts.

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Exploring teacher preparation in independent Ireland, education scholars O'Donoghue, Harford, and O'Doherty emphasize historical developments, recent policy, and current directions. Overall, they present a synoptic exposition based on a wide range of secondary sources published in recent years. They cover the broad historical context, primary school teachers 1922-67, teachers for second-level schools 1922-67, the periods 1966-90 and 1991-2011, initial teacher preparation 2012-17, and current developments and future trends. -- Annotation (c)2017 * ( *

About Thomas O'Donoghue

Professor Tom O'Donoghue is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. Associate Professor Judith Harford is Director of Teacher Education Programmes at the School of Education, University College Dublin, Ireland. Professor Teresa O'Doherty is Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, The University of Limerick, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Broad Historical Context Chapter 3 The Preparation of Primary School Teachers: 1922-1967 Chapter 4 The Preparation of Teachers for Second-level Schools: 1922-1967 Chapter 5 Teacher Preparation: 1966-1990 Chapter 6 Teacher Preparation 1991-2011 Chapter 7 Initial Teacher Preparation 2012-2017 Chapter 8 Current Developments and Future Trends

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Teacher Preparation in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions by Thomas O'Donoghue
Emerald Publishing Limited
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