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On this week's podcast Education Historian Dr. Thomas Walsh applies a historical perspective to analyse cotemporary policy and practice in curriculum, early childhood education and more. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The career trajectory that brought him to working in the Education Department of Maynooth University.
  • Working in the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education
  • Influence of nationalism and Catholicism on the curriculum of the 1920s
  • The Commission on Manual and Practical Instruction and its influence on the 1900 curriculum
  • Removing subjects to focus on the Irish language in the 1920s
  • Becoming interested in the study of curriculum and curriculum change over most of a century
  • Influence of John Coolahan on Tom’s work
  • How a historical perspective on curriculum enriches our understanding of curriculum today
  • The Stanley Letter from 1831.
  • The importance of context in curriculum development
  • Policy as text and policy as discourse (Ball). Curriculum implementation – dance between policy and practice
  • Influences on curriculum change in Ireland – timing and context affect the influences
  • Immigrant, internationally educated teachers and controlling who can become a teacher
  • Migrant Teacher Project and Turn to Teaching Project (Maynooth)
  • Team teaching: when it happens; what needs to happen for it to be successful? Planning for team teaching.
  • Policy and practice in relation to team teaching
  • Resources for team teaching (PDST and Maynooth websites)
  • Early Childhood Education in Ireland today
  • Legacy of Professor John Coolahan. He featured on two episodes of Inside Education, here and here.
  • School placement: from supervisor to placement tutor. What’s in a name change?
  • Gert Biesta article, Resisting the seduction of the global measurement industry: notes on the social psychology of PISA and book, The Beautiful Risk of Education.
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