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Article

The IEA preprimary project in Ireland [IEA ‘preprimary project’ en Irlande / IEA ‘preprimary project’ en Irlanda]

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Publication: International Journal of Early Years Education, vol. 5, no. 1

Pages: 47-56

Europe, Ireland, Northern Europe

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Abstract/Notes: Despite great changes in the level and type of early childhood services in Ireland over the last decade, relatively little research has been carried out on this topic. We know little about the types of services used, the reason for particular choices, the numbers of children attending different settings and the experiences such children are having. In an effort to broaden the research base and learn more about the lives of our young children the authors undertook to take part in an international comparative study investigating the early experiences of children—the IEA Preprimary Project. This article provides an account of the recent developments in early education in Ireland, addresses the question of quality in service provision and describes Ireland's participation in the research project. [En dépit des grands changements qui ont eu lieu depuis une dizaine d'années le niveau et type d'assistance offerte a la petite enfance, tres peu de recherche a été faite dans ce domaine. Nous savons très peu de choses sur les types de services utilisés, les raisons pour les choix qui sont faits, le nombre d'enfants répartis par groupes de niveaux ainsi que les experiences vécues par ces enfants. Dans le but d'élargir la base de la recherche et aussi d'étudier la vie de nos jeunes enfants, les auteurs se sont engages a participer a une etude comparative Internationale qui examine les premieres experiences de jeunes enfants dans le cadre du ‘IEA Preprimary Project’. Cet article expose les récents développements dans l'enseignement des jeunes enfants en Irlande. Il addresse aussi la question de la qualité des services fournis et décrit la participation de l'Irlande dans ce projet de recherche. / A pesar de grandes cambios en la calidad y tipo de servicios de primera infancia acontecidos en Irlanda en la ultima década, relativamente escasa investigation ha sido desarrollada en este tema. Sabemos poco de los tipos de servicios empleados, el motivo de determinadas elecciones, el número de ninos que acudieron a los diferentes entornos y las experiencias que tales ninos han tenido. En un esfuerzo por ampliar la base investigadora y aprender más sobre las vidas de nuestros pequeños, los autores decidieron indagar en las primeras experiencias de los niños, tomando parte en un estudio comparativo international — IEA Preprimary Project. Este artículo ofrece un informe sobre los útimos progresos en la cuestión de primera education en Irlanda se pronuncia on el tema de la calidad en las prestaciones de cara al futuro y describe la participación de Irlanda en el proyecto de investigación.]

Language: English

DOI: 10.1080/0966976970050105

ISSN: 0966-9760

Article

The professional development of early years childhood educators in Ireland and Germany

Available from: Springer Link

Publication: International Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 27, no. 1

Pages: 19

Europe, Germany, Ireland, Northern Europe, Trainings, Western Europe

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Abstract/Notes: This work deals with the professional development of “Preschool Educators” (concerned with the education of children between the ages of 3 and 6 in Ireland and Germany. It describes the training that is given in both countries and gives all kinds of details about the courses that In Germany the majority of 3 or 6-year-olds are educated by "auxiliaries" while in Ireland the majority of children between the ages of 4 and 6 are educated by perfectly qualified primary school teachers with a Bacharell degree. Irish children 3 0 4 years old (technical word I understand) thirty “Preschool Playgroups, Naonraí (Irish language) and Montessori Schools. This article analyzes the training of all the above mentioned personal types and concludes with a“ critical ”discussion on the training systems of the children. preschool teachers from each country. [Cet article explique le développement professionnel des Educateurs de la Petite Enfance (concernés par l’éducation des enfants de 3 à 6 ans en Irlande et en Allemagne. Il décrit la formation donnée dans les 2 pays et donne des détails sur les cours qu’ils entreprennent. En Allemagne, la majorité des 3 à 6 ans sont pris en charge par des ‘Educatrices’ (éducateurs/puèricultrices) tandis qu’en Irlande la majorité des 4 à 6 ans reçoivent un enseignement par des professeurs qualifiés avec un B.Ed. degré. Les 3 à 4 ans irlandais fréquentent les groupes de jeux préscolaires, les groupes de jeux parlant l’Irlandais—les Naonraí—et les écoles Montessori. Cet article considére la formation de tous les types de personnels cités plus haut et il se conclut par une discussion critique sur le système de formation préscolaire dans chaque pays. / Este trabajo trata el desarrollo profesional de los “Educadores de Preescolar” (preocupados con la educación de niños entre los 3 y 6 años en Irlanda y Alemania. Describe el entrenamiento que se da en ambos países y da todo tipo de detalles sobre los cursos que frecuentan. El alemania la mayoria de niños de 3 0 6 años que son educados por “auxiliares” mientras que en Irlande la mayoria de niños entre los 4 y 6 años son educados por profesores de primaria perfectamente cualificados con un grado Bacharell. Los niños Irlandeses de 3 0 4 años (palabra tecnica ne entiendo) trecuentan “Preschool Playgroups, Naonraí (lingua Irlandesa) y Escolas Montessori. Este articulo analiza el entrenamiento detodos tipos personal encima indicados y concluye con una discusión “critica” sobre los sistemas de entrenamiento de los profesores de preescolar de cada país.]

Language: English

DOI: 10.1007/BF03178101

ISSN: 0020-7187, 1878-4658

Doctoral Dissertation

A Study of Pre-School Education in the Republic of Ireland with Particular Reference to Those Pre-Schools Which are Listed by the Irish Pre-School Playgroups Association in Cork City and County

Available from: British Librarty - EthOS

Comparative education, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Montessori method of education, Ireland, Montessori method of education, Northern Europe, Preschool education

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Abstract/Notes: This study was undertaken in order to investigate the activities which took place in Irish pre-schools other than those within the formal school system. The principle focus of the research concerned the degree to which the pre-school children were being 'cognitively stretched' by the curriculum in which they were engaged. The social, linguistic, physical and creative development of these children was also considered.An historical review of the theory of play and recent research in this area was undertaken.Twenty-three pre-schools were taken at random from the membership list in Cork city and county of the Irish Pre- School Playgroups Association. One pre-school which was not a member was added. Prior to embarking upon the study, a history of the I.P.P.A. was given.The ethnographic research strategy was found to be the most suitable method of assessing empirically the nature and frequency of play in the pre-school. This study, which took place between 1986 and 1990, was therefore eclectic in nature, employing a multi-faceted approach encompassing a target child observational schedule, interviews, a study of classrooms, a questionnaire and an interaction analysis system.Briefly, the results showed that the 157 children engaged in this study were being cognitively stretched for approximately one quarter of the time if they were in a playgroup and approximately one half of the time if they were in a Montessori setting. Social and linguistic behaviour was limited by the actions of the pre-school leaders and physically or creatively challenging behaviour was rarely observed. The fact that the children played alone for half of the total time spent in the pre-school was most striking.The most important finding to emerge from the study of language in the twenty-four pre-schools was the fact that the children rarely communicated verbally. Dialogue was almost non-existent and children's questions were very sparse. In order to place the above in a National context, a questionnaire was sent in 1990 to a random sample of one hundred I.P.P.A. members in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. Unfortunately, only 39 responded. However, of note was that approximately 25% of playgroup leaders had degrees and four-fifths of them were mothers in their mid-thirties. They strongly disagreed with the teaching of the 3Rs and felt that much more government money should be devoted to playgroups and in-service training for their personnel.

Language: English

Published: Hull, England, 1993

Article

History of Montessori in Ireland

Publication: Montessori International, vol. 10, no. 3

Pages: 26

Europe, Ireland, Northern Europe

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Language: English

ISSN: 1470-8647

Article

High Stakes Testing and Student Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in the Republic of Ireland

Available from: Springer Link

Publication: Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, vol. 24, no. 4

Pages: 283-306

Assessment, Europe, Ireland, Northern Europe, Perceptions

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Abstract/Notes: There is now a well developed literature on the impact of high stakes testing on teaching approaches and student outcomes. However, the student perspective has been neglected in much research. This article draws on a mixed method longitudinal study of secondary students in the Republic of Ireland to explore the impact of two sets of high stakes examinations on student experiences. The analyses are based on surveys completed by 897 lower secondary students and 748 upper secondary students, along with 47 lower secondary and 53 upper secondary group interviews with students. Findings show the presence of impending high stakes exams results in increased workload for students, with many reporting pressure and stress. Throughout their schooling career, students clearly favour active learning approaches. However, for some students, particularly high-aspiring middle-class students, these views change as they approach the terminal high stakes exam, with many showing a strong preference for a more narrowly focussed approach to exam preparation. This article highlights how students shift from a position of critiquing exam-focused teaching methods as inauthentic to accepting such methods as representing ‘good teaching’.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1007/s11092-012-9154-6

ISSN: 1874-8600, 1874-8597

Book Section

The Influence of Dr. Montessori Pedagogy in Great Britain and Ireland

Book Title: Atti del 5. Congresso internazionale di filosofia: Napoli, 1924

Pages: 866-872

England, Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales

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Language: English

Published: Napoli: [s.n.], 1925

Article

Early years education in Germany and Ireland: a study of provision and curricular implementation in two unique environments [Enseignement precoce en Allemagne et en Irlande: une etude de la realisation des besoins et du programme scolaire dans deux environnements uniques / Educación en los primeros años en Alemania e Irlanda: un estudio de disposicisn e implementatión curricular en dos ambientes únicos]

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

Publication: International Journal of Early Years Education, vol. 3, no. 3

Pages: 51-67

Europe, Germany, Ireland, Northern Europe, Western Europe

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Abstract/Notes: This paper highlights the differences and similarities between a Kindergarten outside Bremen in Lower Saxony, Germany and a Primary School Junior Infant Class in County Cork, Republic of Ireland. Both are concerned with the education of the young child but whereas the Kindergarten is attended by three to six year olds, the Junior Infant Class caters almost exclusively for four to five year old children. A case study account of both groups is given and an analysis of the activities which took place in each using the ‘Target Child Observational Schedule’ [Sylva et al., (1980)] is presented in bar‐graph form. The paper concludes that Erzieherinnen, Kinderpflegerinnen and Junior Infant Class teachers need to engage in more interaction with the children in order, in particular, to raise the frequency and quality of linguistic interaction. An increase in the structure of the children's play would help to enhance cognitive development. [Cet article souligne les differences et les similitudes entre un Jardin d'Enfants en Basse Saxonie, près de Brème (Allemagne) et une classe maternelle dans le comtè de Cork (République d'Irlande). Les deux établissements sont charges de l'éducation de jeunes enfants, mais tandis que les élèves du Jardin d'Enfants sont ages d'entre trois et six ans, la classe de maternelle ne s ‘occupe pratiquement exclusivement que d'enfants de quatre a six ans. On donnera un compte‐rendu de l'étude de cas faite sur les deux groupes, ainsi qu'une presentation sous forme de graphique en barres de l'analyse des activites proposées de part et d'autre, basée sur le Programme d'observation cible de l'enfant du Professeur Kathy Sylva (1980). En conclusion, nous avancerons que les Erzieherinnen, les Kinderpflegerin et les enseignants de la classe maternelle doiventfaire preuve de davantage d'interaction avec les enfants afin, en particulier, d'élever le niveau auquel de tels enfants parlent. Une structuration accrue des activites ludiques des enfants aurait également pour résultat un développement cognitif plus rapide. / Este ensayo trata de las diferencias y semejanzas entre un prescolar en la baja Sajonia, en las afueras de Bremen, Alemania, y una Clase Junior Infantil en la Escuela Primaria del Condado de Cork, en la República de Irlanda. Los dos sistemas se ocupan de la education de niños en la primera infancia pero, mientras que el prescolar se ocupa de niños entre las edades de tres y seis años, la Clase Junior Infantil se dedica casi exclusivamente a los niños de cuatro a cinco anos de edad. Este papel describe un caso particular de cada uno de estos dos grupos asi como de las actividades que tuvieron lugar en cada uno de ellos, utilizando Target Child Observational Schedule (1980) de Kathy Sylva, y que se presentan a manera de gráfica de barras. Es estudio llega a la conclusion de que los educadores de Erzieherinnen, Kinderpflegerin y de las Clases Infantiles Junior necesitan aumentar la interactión con el niho para elevar, especialmente, el nivel en el que estos nihos hablan. Un incremento en la estuctura del juego de los nihos también resultaria en la mejora del desarrollo cognitivo.]

Language: English

DOI: 10.1080/0966976950030303

ISSN: 0966-9760

Article

[Reports from various countries: USA, Austria, Ceylon, Holland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Italy, Sweden]

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1959, no. 4

Pages: 13–30

Americas, Asia, Austria, Ceylon, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

Article

The Montessori Method in Ireland

Available from: Internet Archive

Publication: New Era, vol. 7, no. 26

Pages: 85-86

Europe, Ireland, Northern Europe

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Language: English

ISSN: 1087-1195

Article

The Montessori Movement in Ireland

Publication: The Call of Education / L'Appel de l'Éducation / La chiamata dell'Educazione: Psycho-pedagogical Journal (International Organ of the Montessori Movement), vol. 2, no. 1

Pages: 65

Europe, Ireland, Northern Europe

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Language: English

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