NA 2009

This page provides links to the results of NA 2009, and the theoretical and methodological frameworks upon which the assessments are based. The Main Report is designed for an academic and a general audience.  It is supported by two reports targeted at an academic audience.  The Technical Report outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the study,Read more…

PISA 2009

  RESULTS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS PISA 2009: Results for Ireland and Changes Since 2000    Report Order hard copy This report describes the achievements of Irish students in print reading, digital reading, mathematics and science; considers how achievement has changed since 2000; examines background characteristics that help to explain achievement differences; and considers changes inRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 39, 2011

SATISFYING THE ‘LEARNING IN DEPTH’ CRITERION Kieran Egan Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University It has long been argued that being educated entails satisfying two criteria: first, one must know many things about the world and, second, one must know something in significant depth. There have been a number of proposals for attaining the depthRead more…

Publications 2009

Articles Brozo, W.G., Sutton Flint, E.S., Shiel, G., Persson, U.B., Garbe, C., & Dachkova, L. (2009). Content reading in four European Union countries. Reading Teacher, 62(3), 170-173. Close, S., Millar, D., & Shiel, G. (2009). Characteristics and curriculum validity of test items for the National Assessment of Mathematics Achievement in 6th class. In D. Corcoran,Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 29, 1998

CULTURE, IDENTITY AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Stuart Marriott Optimistic assertions about the significance of fiction in forming and maintaining children’s personal and social identity are difficult to substantiate. Existing evidence from Northern Ireland that fiction has a meaningful role in this process is credible if,largely anecdotal and circumstantial. The necessary task of providing more substantive researchRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 28, 1994

Preface This special issue of The Irish Journal of Education contains a report of the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) reading literacy study, which was carried out in 32 countries, including Ireland. International reports of the study have already been published (Elley, 1992; Postlethwaite and Ross, 1992; Lundberg & Linnakylä, 1993).Read more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 27, 1993

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IN IRISH SECOND-LEVEL SCHOOLS Gerry Shiel and Mary Lewis The paper begins with a description of guidance and counselling in second-level schools in the Republic of Ireland, tracing development of the service from its introduction in the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. The role of the guidance counsellor is considered in theRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 26, 1992

Preface This issue of The Irish Journal of Education contains a report of The Second International Assessment of Educational Progress in Mathematics and Science (IAEPII) which was carried out in 20 countries, including Ireland, in 1990-1991. International reports of the study are available (Lapointe, Askew, & Mead, 1992; Lapointe, Mead, & Askew, 1992). In theRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 25, 1991

IRELAND’S RESPONSE TO AFRICA’S EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Paud Murphy An examination of educational provision in sub-Saharan Africa reveals many problems: access, low completion and achievement rates at primary level, maintaining quality while increasing access at second level, and the cost, and relevance of tertiary education. The development of Ireland’s official aid programme and current features areRead more…