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  • Professional educational psychology and community relations education in Northern Ireland

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    Educational Psychology in Practice, Vol: 18, Page: 275-295,Taylor & Francis

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to understand the contribution professional educational psychology might make to community relations


    The events in North Belfast surrounding the children of Holy Cross Primary School have reminded us all, graphically, of how long and tortuous the path to lasting peace in Northern Ireland might be. The present article intends to contribute towards local debate concerning a reappraisal of the educational psychologist role. Furthermore, the article aims to be relevant to educational psychologists who are interested in the contribution of schooling towards improved intergroup relationships and peace education. In this article, the author describes his practice-based research aimed at informing the processes of school improvement for peace and reconciliation. The analysis involves an exploration of the contribution that professional educational psychology might make to community relations education and to the broader project of inclusion and social reconstruction in Northern Ireland. The main method used involved the focus group interview. Research contact was made with a total of 343 individuals across 9 case study schools, of which 87 were members of staff, 228 were pupils and 28 were parents. The results suggested that schools were still more akin to 'cultures of partisanship' than 'cultures of diversity' despite over a decade of official support for community relations work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Ron Smith

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Study adopting an focus group approch » Qualitative Studies


    0266-7363 1469-5839 Accession Number: 2003-01059-001. First Author & Affiliation: Smith, Ron; Educational Psychology Service, Londonderry, United Kingdom. Other Journal Title: Educational Psychology in Practice. Release Date: 20030129. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Communities; Education; Educational Psychology; Social Processes. Minor Descriptor: Intergroup Dynamics; Peace; Schools. Classification: Educational Psychology (3500) . Population: Human (10) . Location: Northern Ireland. Methodology: Empirical Study; Nonclinical Case Study. References Available: Y.


    educational psychology; community relations;

    International Classification:

    Focus groups - educational psychology



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)