By Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan

This booklet explores the entry and participation concerns current inside better schooling in eire. It examines coverage, pedagogy and practices relating to widening participation and files the growth and demanding situations encountered in furthering the ‘access schedule’ during the last 20 years. entry has develop into a vital part of ways better schooling is familiar with itself and the way it explains the worth of what it does for society as an entire. bettering entry to schooling strengthens social harmony, lessens inequality, promises the long run energy of tertiary associations and guarantees fiscal competitiveness and adaptability within the period of the “Knowledge established Economy”. supplying a coherent, severe account of modern advancements in Irish greater schooling and the consequences for Irish society as a complete, this ebook is vital for these concerned either in gaining knowledge of the sphere and in better schooling itself.

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These programmes include Community Employment, JobBridge, Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. 5 million, while the number of recipients quadrupled, from approximately 6,000 to almost 25,000. This is the second largest activation measure in Ireland since its establishment in 1998 (Kelly et al. 2015, p. vii). The report found that the BTEA was not effective in assisting participants to find employment. The research used two groups: a control group and an unfortunately named “treatment” group that was given BTEA supports (Kelly et al.

8 per cent (3,730) to 8 per cent 2 KEY TRENDS IN IRISH HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE EMERGENCE AND . . 31 (3,212) over this period (HEA 2008a). g. Dublin 17 has 15 per cent (HEA 2014a). Gender, social class and regional (and in Dublin, postal districts) continue to be powerful predictors of who will attend HE in Ireland (HEA 2014b). According to the DES (2016), 24 per cent of students who completed the second year of senior cycle in designated disadvantaged schools (DEIS) go on to HE, which is less than half the national average.

7). We will explore the impact on pedagogy in more detail in the final section of the book. The timeframe in which the “outcomes” of education are being judged is also open to question. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) study (Kelly et al. 2015) has reviewed the activation programmes aimed at assisting social welfare recipients to progress into employment expenditure. Participants on these programmes rose by 48 per cent between 2007 and 2012. These programmes include Community Employment, JobBridge, Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.

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