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Lynch, R,McGarr, O
Educational Policy
Negotiating Subject Hierarchies: Neo-Liberal Influences on the Comprehensive Curriculum in Ireland
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comprehensive curriculum subject hierarchy subject boundaries educational policy EDUCATION MATHEMATICS
This article critically examines the relationship between recent educational policy and the advancement of second-level subject hierarchies in Ireland. The paradox of promoting an individual subject by means of the matriculation system, while also calling for a broad and balanced curriculum, is questioned. The apparent retreat from a commitment to comprehensive education is discussed with respect to a neo-liberal agenda in education and a modernist-vocational ideology of curriculum development. The article concludes with a discussion on the place of subject-based curricula and a call for more balanced debate around educational policy, which may result in the promotion of subject boundaries.
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