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Educational Resources in the British Empire

Examining Nineteenth Century Ireland and Literacy

  • Constitutes the first work to discuss the Lesson Books of the National Board of Education in Ireland in their entirety

  • Traces the evolution of the Lesson Book alongside the historical, social and cultural norms of the time

  • Applies this analysis to education in the wider British Empire as well as in Ireland

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 1-17
  3. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 61-104
  4. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 105-150
  5. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 151-184
  6. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 185-213
  7. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 215-255
  8. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 257-287
  9. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 289-298
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 299-320

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the impact of the Lesson Books of the National Board of Education in Ireland in the nineteenth century. The author contextualizes the books used in national schools as well as across the wider British Empire: in doing so, he highlights the influence of the religious, social, political and cultural realms of the time. Firmly grounding the volume in its historical context, the author goes on to explore the contemporary moral climate and social influences, including imperialism, morality, rote-learning and socialization. Through meticulous analysis of each Lesson Book, the author traces the evolution of education in Ireland as a reflection of contemporary society, as it changes and transforms in line with cultural, religious and social changes. This pioneering and comprehensive volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of education in Ireland as well as education in the British Empire more widely.

Keywords

Reading books in Ireland Colonial education National Schools Schools in the British Empire Literacy in Ireland

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

About the authors

Tony Lyons is Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research interests specialize in the history of education, particularly Irish education, and he has written widely on these topics.
 
Noel Moloney was Senior Lecturer in the pedagogy of English at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland, from 1973-1999. A long-time member of the Reading Association of Ireland, he wrote and published two series of English workbooks.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This book is to be recommended for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of school education in Ireland.” (Äine Dillon, Intouch, Issue 190, October, 2019)