Education for Mutual Understanding: Policy and Practice

Alan Smith, Alan Robinson

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In 1990, the Centre for the Study of Conflict initiated a three-year research and evaluation project which concentrates on the introduction of a cross-curricular theme, Education for Mutual Understanding (EMU), to the school curriculum. The project was structured in three overlapping stages. Stage one involved research into how those within the education system perceive EMU. These perceptions, and their implications for policy, are the subject of this report. The next stages of the project involved working with teachers in a number of schools to see what approaches seem most fruitful in evaluating the impact of EMU. The outcomes were the subject of a future report. Legislation to include EMU in the curriculum was introduced in 1989, but the statutory requirement did not affect schools until September 1992. In the intervening period, those in the education system began to consider the implications of EMU's transition from a voluntary activity to a formal requirement.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUlster University
Number of pages95
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1992


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