Discussion Dialogue

A key to change lies in the establishment of “Discursive arenas”, or participative dialogic processes within and between institutions. As Cooperrider & Srivastva (1987) suggest, “The most powerful vehicle communities have for transforming their conventions (agreements, norms, values etc) is through the act of dialogue made possible by language…alterations in linguistic practices have profound implications …
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An Invitation To Tutors & Teachers In Training – Stories To Tell

Citizenship education projects such as Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) in the Republic and Education for Local and Global Citizenship provide opportunities for young people to get involved in action projects. In addition, a wide range of youth and community groups undertake actions to improve their communities. By gathering accounts by individuals about their …
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Active Participation

Education should give pupils the chance to exercise real responsibility and to make an impact on their school and Community. Citizenship teaching, building on the curriculum, has the power to transform the lives of pupils in areas that many people have written off. David Blunkett, 2000 Northern Ireland Education for Reconciliation Project Education for Reconciliation …
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Whole School Development

The meaning of education for citizenship runs very hollow when used outside a broader analysis of what’s going on in the school system and society generally.

School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Improving School Effectiveness for Democratic Citizenship: Six Principles [121 Kb]

School-Home-Community Partnerships

Educators are increasingly aware of the importance of involving parents in the education of their children. Research shows that parent involvement improves student achievement. When parents are involved, children do better in school. Parental encouragement and assistance contribute to students’ higher achievement, better attitudes and higher aspirations. Why not try to develop an interactive home …
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School Self Evaluation

The Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) in Northern Ireland recently indicated that the Inspectorate was going to continue to promote self-evaluation and self-improvement as an important lever for school improvement and whole-school development. School self-evaluation is an approach to organisational improvement that places learning and dialogue at the heart of matters. …
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The Dissolving Boundaries Project

Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to facilitate cross-cultural linkages between schools in the North and South of Ireland. http://www.dissolvingboundaries.org The Dissolving Boundaries Project allows students from the North and South of Ireland to: Work together on educational projects, Build mutual understanding and friendships that help to work towards good citizenship, and Develop ICT skills …
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Bringing School Communities Together to Promote Education for Diversity

To involving four pairs of schools, in each jurisdiction, that have a history of involvement in intercultural and/or multicultural education and where particularly in the N Irish context, cross-community contact is viewed as one important location for making a contribution to such work. To engage Dr Simon Lichman to facilitate residential cross-border professional development with …
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