Education Matters Yearbook 2012 was launched by Minister for Education & Skills Ruairí Quinn on 14 November 2012 at the National University of Ireland, D2.
Pictured at the launch of Education Matters Yearbook 2012 (l to r): Professor James J Browne, President, NUI Galway; Dr Tony Hall, Editor, Education Matters Yearbook; Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills.
Supported by NUI Galway, Education Matters Yearbook 2012 is a contemporaneous, living history of Irish education over the course of the last year. It details the major events in education in 2012 and collects in one place key voices and perspectives – national and international – on policy, practice and pedagogy developments and innovations in Ireland in the last year.
Speaking of the Yearbook, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn – who wrote the Foreword – said:
“I am delighted to launch Education Matters Yearbook 2012. This is a very worthwhile compendium of all the significant events, trends and debates in Irish education throughout the year. It covers all levels, from pre-school to 4th level, reflecting the various views and perspectives in Irish education.”
Describing the Yearbook, the Editor Dr Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway, said:
“Education Matters Yearbook 2012 provides an invaluable, unified resource of information about Irish education – practice, policy and pedagogy – from across all sectors of the educational system: preschool and early childhood, primary, post-primary, the Irish language, third and fourth levels.
“It is a unique repertory of information and insight on Irish education.”
Among the notable additions to the Education Matters Yearbook this year are an article from the teaching Diaspora/Irish teachers abroad; an article on the development of civic engagement at third-level; and the experience of being a student teacher completing the Professional Diploma in Education.
While retaining its familiar, easy-to-read ‘look and feel’, the layout of the Yearbook has been changed somewhat this year. To enhance readability and navigability, selected news and media items are interleaved with relevant feature articles.
In a time of change and challenge in Irish education, Education Matters Yearbook 2012 addresses the salient developments currently taking place in Irish education, including the growth of the early childhood education sector; patronage and pluralism in primary education; curriculum reform and literacy and numeracy at post-primary level; and the changing landscape of Irish tertiary education and research.
Attendees at the launch of Education Matters Yearbook 2012 (l to r): Clive Byrne, Director, NAPD; Dr Anne Looney, Director, NCCA; Dr Pádraig Ó Murchú, Education and Research Manager at Intel Ireland; Frank Turpin, IBEC representative on The Teaching Council.