Recognising difference while promoting cohesion: the role of collaborative networks in education

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The chapter outlines various approaches taken to the challenge of divided societies through education systems and links this to debates on political approaches to conflict resolution in Northern Ireland. The education debate has structural and affective components, while the political debate revolves around the privileging of identity or commonality. Applying the principle of recognition and the importance of tolerance is seen to provide a range of policy options, but the evidence of education interventions in Northern Ireland does not highlight any one policy option as the most effective, nor did the end of the violent conflict produce a new consensus on a way forward. The chapter argues that a key additional element to effective practice might be provided through the promotion of shared education through collaborative networks of schools which allows for the continued operation of separate schools while promoting an integrated experience for pupils and teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTolerance and diversity in Ireland, North and South
EditorsIseult Honohan, Nathalie Rougier
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780719097201
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Education
  • Tolerance
  • Recognition
  • Consociationalism
  • Shared education
  • cohesion
  • identity


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