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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Policy & Structures in Education & Training
Module Code ES218
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brendan Walsh
Semester 2: Brendan Walsh
Autumn: Brendan Walsh
Module TeachersBrendan Walsh
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
repeat of assessment

This module examines a number of key questions concerning the underlying provision of education in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify understandings pertaining to different conceptualisations of education
2. Be able to analyse critical accounts of the above
3. Be able to demonstrate comprehension of critical understandings outlined in the module, account for their evolution and provide critical analysis of same
4. Be able to critically account for the presence and influence of various bodies in the development of educational thinking in Ireland, identify their role and critically assess their influence.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecturing input
Independent Study60Self-directed reading and revision
Independent Study11Self and tutor-directed reading of course material
Assignment Completion30Researching, structuring information, writing up
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Evaluationg public responses to quality of education
Training through case study to critically evaluate public perceptions of education provision. Training for prospective analysts in further education setting.

Consensualism and Meritocracy
Study of the concepts of consensualism and meritocracy as affecting schooling, pupil engagment with education and potential to engage in further education and/or training. Curricular innovation in relation to same.

Employability, education and traning.
Study of employability paradigms. Analysis of development of certification, early school leaving, consequences for engagemnt in further edcuation and/or traninig.

Liberal and Vocational paradigms
Investigation of the evolution of humanist education and vocational 'needs based' training paradigms. Consideration of inherent values of each and potential commanalities and how this might shape education and training provision and practice.

The practice of equality in education and training institutions.
Study of causes of inequality and of best management institutional practice.

The development of policy relating to futher education in Ireland.
Consideration of the evolution, role and status of bodies and 'providers' such as NQAI, FETAC, HETAC, IUQB and FISS.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Richard Pring: 2004, Philosophy of education, Continuum, London, 0826472397
  • Walsh, B: 2012, Degress of Nonsense: the demise of the university in Ireland, Glasnevin Publishing, Dublin,
  • Drudy, Sheelagh: 2009, Education in Ireland : challenge and change, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin,
  • Denis O'Sullivan: 2005, Cultural politics and Irish education since the 1950s, IPA, Dublin, 1904541267
  • Gerry McNamara, Joe O'Hara, Carmel Mulcahy: 2004, An analysis of the training needs of trainers in the further education sector in Ireland,
  • Sheelagh Drudy and Kathleen Lynch: 1993, Schools and society in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan, Goldenbridge, Dublin, 9780717120499
  • DES: 1995, White Paper: Charting our Education Future,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ETBSc in Education & Training
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
Date of Last Revision12-OCT-10

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