The primary curriculum review and redevelopment necessitates a comprehensive understanding of national and international curriculum studies and literature. Account is also taken of curriculum research and trends internationally.
Integration, Pedagogy and Assessment Research
As part of the redevelopment of the Primary School Curriculum, NCCA commissioned Dr Patrick Burke and Dr Paula Lehane, Institute of Education, Dublin City University to review literature on the interrelatedness of Integration, Pedagogy and Assessment. The research is published in two reports with the first report conceptualising curriculum integration and the second report weaving the literature on Integration, Pedagogy and Assessment.
The NCCA collaborated with national and international researchers to develop a series of short papers on key aspects of a curriculum. The papers cover a range of topics including a critique of the 1999 curriculum, values and priorities for education, key competencies, integration, and assessment. They also include an audit of curriculum developments in other jurisdictions.
- Aligning Assessment, Learning and Teaching in Curriculum Reform and Implementation
- Audit of the Content of Early Years and Primary - Key Findings
- Curriculum Alignment and Progression between Early Childhood Education and Care and Primary School
- Curricula in Eight Jurisdictions-Overview Report
- Curriculum Integration
- Effective Pedagogies for a Redeveloped Primary Curriculum
- Parents' Perspectives on Review and Redevelopment
- Preschool to Primary School Transition Initiative Report
- Research-Informed Analysis of 21st Century Competencies in a Redeveloped Curriculum
- The Place of Knowledge in a Redeveloped Curriculum
- The Transition to Primary Education: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study
- Theoretical Perspectives on Children's Learning and Development
- Towards a Values-Led Redevelopment of the Primary Curriculum
- Towards an Overview of a Redeveloped Primary Curriculum. Learning from the Past, Learning from Others.
Background paper: Modern foreign languages in a redeveloped primary curriculum
As part of Languages Connect: Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 (DES, 2017), the NCCA commissioned a background paper on the possible integration of modern foreign languages in the redeveloped primary curriculum. Read the background paper here.
This information booklet was shared with all primary schools in June 2019. It outlines why the NCCA is undertaking primary curriculum review and redevelopment, the work to date, what we are hearing, and the next steps. Importantly, it suggests how you and your school can get involved.