Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dublin Conference: October 2011

‘From Instruction to Delight’:

Reading Traditions in Irish Primary Education

A conference to be held in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin,

to celebrate the bicentenary of the founding of the Kildare Place Society.

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2011

The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland, popularly known as the Kildare Place Society, was founded in Dublin in 1811. The society was pioneering in its work which pre-dated the establishment of the National School System in Ireland. Notable among its achievements were the publication of a series of ‘library books’ for use in schools and its support for the training of teachers which eventually led to the establishment of the Church of Ireland College of Education.

Conference speakers: James Bennett, Valerie Coghlan, John Coolahan, Roddy Doyle, Harold Hislop, Peter Hunt, Antonia McManus, Emer O’Sullivan, Keith O’Sullivan, Susan Parkes, Amanda Piesse.

Topics include:

  • What children read in the period spanning 1811 to 2011.
  • The publications of the Kildare Place Society.
  • Books read in hedge schools.
  • 20th century text books, including depictions of girls in primary school books.
  • Collections of children’s books in Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland College of Education.

Booking for the conference opens in mid-March 2011.

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