UCD School of Education Associate Professor, Judith Harford, Co-Authors Book Chapter 

Judith Harford Picture 

UCD School of Education Associate Professor, Judith Harford, has published a book chapter entitled, "Exploring the experience of Secondary School education in Ireland prior to the introduction of ‘free’ second-level education in 1967: the potential of the life story narrative approach." 

The year 1967 is very significant in the history of education in Ireland, marking the introduction of what became known as ‘the free education scheme’ which resulted in a great increase in attendance at post-primary schools across the country. This chapter reports on the methodology employed, that of the topical life story, in the generation of a wider research agenda which captured the memories of a cohort of individuals who commenced Irish secondary schooling during the two decades prior to 1967. It locates the resulting accounts within the broader corpus of work on the history of education in Ireland.

Harford, J. and O’Donoghue, T. (2016) ‘Exploring the experience of secondary school education in Ireland prior to the introduction of ‘free’ second-level education in 1967: The Potential of the Life Story Narrative Approach’ in J. Kelly and S. Hegarty (eds.) History of Education: Lectures in Memory of Seamus Heaney (Dublin: Four Courts Press, in press)