Higher Education in Ireland, 1922-2016Politics, Policy and Power-A History of Higher Education in the Irish State
This book explores the emergence of the modern higher education sector in the independent Irish state. The author traces its origins from the traditional universities, technical schools and teacher training colleges at the start of the twentieth century, cataloguing its development into the complex, multi-layered and diverse system of the early twenty-first century. Focusing on the socio-political and cultural contexts which shaped the evolution of higher education, the author analyses the interplay between the state, academic institutions and other key institutional actors – notably churches, cultural organizations, employers, trade unions and supranational bodies. This study explores policy, structural and institutional change in Irish higher education, suggesting that the emergence of the modern higher education system in Ireland was influenced by ideologies and trends which owed much to a wider European and international context. The book considers how the exercise of power at local, national and international level impinged on the mission, purpose and values of higher education and on the creation and expansion of a distinctive higher education system. The author also explores a transformation in public and political understandings of the role of higher education, charting the gradual evolution from traditionalist conceptions of the academy as a repository for cultural and religious value formation, to the re-positioning of higher education as a vital factor in the knowledge based economy. This comprehensive volume will appeal to students and scholars of the Irish education system, educators and practitioners in the field, and those interested in higher education in Ireland more generally.
Chapter 1. Ideas of the university.- Chapter 2. Universities in the Irish Free State.- Chapter 3. Church, state and the university.- Chapter 4. Higher technical education in Ireland.- Chapter 5. Ministers, bishops and teachers.- Chapter 6. The end of the old order.- Chapter 7. The transformation of higher education.- Chapter 8. Reform and resistance.- Chapter 9. Globalisation and the primacy of economics.- Chapter 10. Higher education in the twenty first century
John Walsh is Ussher Lecturer in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Director of the Cultures, Academic Values and Education Research Centre in the School of Education.
Tracks the development of higher education in Ireland throughout the twentieth century into the twenty-firstExamines the key actors and contexts that shaped the development of higher educationExplores how power at the local, national and international levels impinged upon the Irish higher education system
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