Curriculum in Context: Partnership, Power and «Praxis» in Ireland by Jim GleesonCurriculum in Context: Partnership, Power and «Praxis» in Ireland by Jim Gleeson

Curriculum in Context: Partnership, Power and «Praxis» in Ireland

byJim Gleeson

Paperback | November 5, 2009

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This critical analysis locates Irish curriculum policy and practice in their broader socio-cultural and policy contexts. Such an analysis is particularly necessary at a time when Irish schools are experiencing unprecedented waves of curriculum reform in a context where substantive curriculum debates rarely occur. The book explores the implications of these contextual factors for ‘official’ understandings of and attitudes towards curriculum, with particular reference to the experiences of the curriculum development agencies, recent curriculum reforms and the nature of Irish curriculum contestation and discourse. Education and curriculum policy-making are considered from the perspectives of economic growth, social inclusion, policy fragmentation and the prevailing representational model of partnership. The study identifies the tensions that inevitably arise in attempting to achieve both quality and equality in education, and offers some alternatives to the prevailing contractual model of accountability. The author draws on his own long experience of curriculum development and evaluation and on interviews with key players in Irish curriculum decision-making.
The Author: Jim Gleeson holds postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, and a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia. He worked as a post-primary teacher in Dublin and Tipperary before joining the Education Department, Thomond College of Education, Limerick, in 1981. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Departme...
Title:Curriculum in Context: Partnership, Power and «Praxis» in IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2009Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3039115359

ISBN - 13:9783039115358

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Table of Contents

Contents: Socio-cultural and political contexts of curriculum – Curriculum discourse, debate and contestation – Curriculum policy and practice – Advantages and disadvantages of partnership approach to policy making including legitimation – Education for human and social capital – Influence of technical interests – Curriculum fragmentation – Models of accountability – Balancing quality and equality in education – Importance of leadership – Recent developments in curriculum policy and practice.