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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IVThe Irish Book in English, 1800-1891$
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James H. Murphy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780198187318.001.0001

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The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum

(p.499) 42 The National Curriculum
The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV

John Logan

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the development of a national system of education in nineteenth-century Ireland. The national system of education exemplified the ‘centralization, uniformity, inspection, and professionalism’ of Irish nineteenth-century governance and administration. Nowhere was this demonstrated more than in the writing, production, and diffusion of textbooks, which the commissioners decreed should constitute the core of the national curriculum. As the national school population expanded to include most children growing up in late nineteenth-century Ireland, the capacity of the commissioners to supply them with its books, to the exclusion of most other publishers, made their production of texts, perhaps, the country’s most successful book publishing enterprise over the course of the century.

Keywords:   education system, Ireland, public education, literacy, school books, book production

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