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Title: The relevance and importance of P. H. Pearse for Irish-medium education in the 21st century : leaders' perspectives
Author: Ó Donnghaile, Séamus
ISNI:       0000 0004 6499 8930
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This small scale, qualitative study explores the relevance and importance of P.H. Pearse (1879-1916) for school leaders in the Irish-medium Education (IME) sector. IME schools are immersion schools and the pupils therein are taught in the target language of Irish. This interpretive study investigates leadership practices and motivations among IME school principals, governors and a vice-principal and discusses Pearse’s imprint on how their schools are run. The narratives of the participants illuminate many offerings of IME leadership as well as presenting some of the challenges in this field. The data gathered highlight the culturally-enriching, interactive nature of the relationship IME leaders have with their school communities and the wider communities from which the supporting families come. The nature of the leadership discussed by participants has parallels with the culturally responsive (Gay, 1994) and culturally relevant (Ladson-Billings, 1995) leadership in racially diverse communities in the USA. The study points to the multi-faceted, multi-motivation leadership practices in IME leadership based on the desire of the participants to play an active part in the revival of the Irish language - the vehicle of this revival being the IME schools they lead in their various capacities. This study offers critical reflections on IME leadership in a colonial setting as perceived by research participants and points to the centrality of the work of P.H. Pearse (for most of the research participants) in their approaches. Overall, it is argued that to truly understand the philosophical underpinnings of IME leadership, school leaders must also understand P.H. Pearse.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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