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  1. Introduction
  2. Changes in Post-Primary Education.
  3. Benefits of Inclusive Education.
  4. Through the passages of the Education Act the government sent a clear message about the need for change in the educational system.
  5. Conclusion.

Over the course of the last decade, notable changes in education have occurred throughout the international community. While many of these changes have taken place in the context of primary education, research demonstrates that changes have also taken place on the post-primary or secondary level. Specifically, Ireland has made a number of changes to its post-primary education program over the course of the last several years. Shevlin (2002/2003) notes that in the last several years, Irish schools have moved toward a more inclusive environment that embraces individuals form a host of backgrounds. In the past segregation in schools based on academic ability at both the primary and post-primary level has been common. However, new research on the issue seems to suggest that the inclusive school has a number of inherent benefits for the development of both academic performance and the self-esteem of the child.

[...] Through the passages of the Education Act the government sent a clear message about the need for change in the educational system. According to McGrath, the government seeks to achieve the following by creating an inclusive school system: The current Bill [Education Act] suggests that a continuum of provision for special education needs as the most appropriate formula for serving children with special education needs. It is proposed that services will range from occasional help within the ordinary school to full-time education in a special school or unit with students having the option and flexibility to move from one type of provision to another according to individual needs (p. [...]


[...] Researchers examining the school system in Ireland note that the system of education is typical to what is found in the United States. Children receive compulsory education in from ages 5 through 15. This is known as primary education. Once students complete primary education, they are then offered the opportunity to attend post-primary or secondary school. Secondary schooling takes place in a host of settings which can include: community schools, comprehensive schools, vocational schools and voluntary secondary schools. The number of schools available for post- primary education has grown over the course of the last several years, due in part, to the fact that more students are choosing to complete school beyond the compulsory level. [...]

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