Education and segregation

Bryan Fanning

in Integration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084782
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702215 | DOI:
Education and segregation

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The year 2007 witnessed rising numbers of non-Catholic immigrant children being unable to secure school places in oversubscribed Catholic schools in Ireland. The statutory obligation to provide education for all children resulted in the establishment of two emergency Educate Together schools in Dublin 15 in September 2007. This chapter draws extensively on the findings of the two most substantial empirical studies to date of the experiences of Irish schools — Intercultural Education: Primary Challenges in Dublin 15 and Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students. The findings allowed some comparison between the respective perceptions of teachers and parents of how immigrant children were faring in deprived localities. Both studies examined the nature and extent of segregation, the perceived effects of language difficulties, perceptions of the motivation and educational attainment of newcomers compared to Irish children. The studies addressed English-language acquisition and academic standards, cultural capital, racism, and social class.

Keywords: Ireland; education; segregation; immigrant children; academic standards; cultural capital; racism; social class; language difficulties; educational attainment

Chapter.  9520 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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