Turning research into policy: The experience of shared education in Northern Ireland

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This chapter looks at the Shared Education initiative in Northern Ireland (NI) that emerged in the context of the peace process in the early 2000s and has gone on to reshape our education system. The initiative involves local networks of schools, which provide opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively. In the context of a divided society, it has provided opportunities for sustained dialogic engagement between communities in ways that were previously transitory, uncommon or non-existent. The model has also been adapted for implementation in other divided societies. As currently over half of all schools in Northern Ireland are involved in school partnerships, the main purpose of the chapter is to examine why the initiative has been so successful.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActivist Pedagogy and Shared Education in Divided Societies. International Perspectives and Next Practices
EditorsTony Gallagher, Dafna Yitzhaki, Nimrod Aloni, Zehavit Gross
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-51274-0
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-51272-6, 978-90-04-51273-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameMoral Development and Citizenship Education


  • education
  • shared education
  • divided societies
  • conflict
  • collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Education


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