The Revised Leaving Certificate History
Syllabus,2004: Teachers’ Perceptions and
Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
In September, 2004, a revised syllabus in Leaving Certificate History was introduced
into schools in the Republic of Ireland, replacing a syllabus that had been in place
since 1969. Reflecting many decades of change in history teaching internationally, the
revised syllabus places greater emphasis on history as activity and seeks to widen the
breadth of coverage beyond the predominantly political focus that has been evident
heretofore. Its underlying principle and the changes in practice it seeks to encourage
present an agenda for significant educational change. As teachers attempt, for the first
time, to meet the challenges of implementation, this dissertation seeks to shine a light
on their perceptions and their practices.
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