Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 33, 2002

Preface All the papers in this issue of The Irish Journal of Education use data which were collected in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2000. PISA, a project of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and participating member countries, is an international assessment of the skills and knowledge of 15-yearRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 32, 2001

TOWARDS A DEFINITION OF EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE Thomas Kellaghan Educational disadvantage is defined in terms of (i) discontinuities between the competencies and dispositions which children bring to school and the competencies and dispositions valued in schools, and (ii) factors, conceptualized in terms of three forms of ‘capital’ (economic, cultural, social), which influence development of the competenciesRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 31, 2000

LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY ADMINISTRATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER PARTITION: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE COUNTY DOWN EDUCATION COMMITTEE 1925-31 George Beale The new concept of local education authority administration in the devolved state of Northern Ireland is explored, focusing on the establishment and work of the County Down Regional Education Committee. After the passing ofRead more…

Irish Journal of Education, Vol. 30, 1999

SCIENCE FOR ALL Edward M. Walsh The situation of provision for, and achievement in, science in first and second level education in Ireland is reviewed and is considered unsatisfactory in a country in which the economy depends on workers who have skills in science and. technology. Proposals are made for improvement. A vision for IrelandRead 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…