Reflections on the Local and global Citizenship Programmes in Northern Ireland

Alan McCully

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    The chapter provides an overview of education in the related fields of community relations and citizenship across the period of the Northern Ireland conflict and the decade after the Good Friday Agreement. It identifies continuity and change in curriculum policy, and assesses both strengths and concerns regarding the Northern Ireland Local and Global Citizenship programme.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEducation for Citizenship and Diversity in Irish Contexts
    EditorsUna O'Connor, Gerry Jeffers
    PublisherInstitute of Public Administration
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904541-77-6
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2008

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    • Northern Ireland
    • Citizenship Education
    • Community Relations


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