Review and Research

 
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The NCCA's advice to the Minister on curriculum and assessment in primary schools is informed by evidence of what works, drawing on national and international sources. The published documents listed on this page focus on a range of issues concerning the development of primary education since the launch of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

Wellbeing and school experiences

Research
The report on Children's Wellbeing and School Experiences uses data from the Growing Up in Ireland study and was commissioned to inform Primary Developments such as new curriculum/subject areas and a new Primary Framework. 

Publications
2016Transition from preschool to primary school: Learning from research, policy and practice
2015Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics in the Primary School: Consultation Paper
2015An Overview of Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics Content in Patrons' Programmes
2015Encountering Children in a Curriculum for Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics: A Review. An Educational and Child's Rights Perspective
2015Key Findings Summary: Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics in Primary Education
2015Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics in Primary Education: Country Tables
2015Information for Parents/Guardians on ERB and Ethics
2015Consultation Information Booklet for Teachers: ERB and Ethics
2015Learning in Focus. Wellbeing and School Experiences among 9- and 13-Year-Olds: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study
2014Primary Language Curriculum: English and Gaeilge Junior Infants to Second Class. Report on Consultation and Engagement
2014Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years): Definitions, Theories, Development and Progression. NCCA Research Report No. 17
2014Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years): Teaching and Learning. NCCA Research Report No. 18
2014Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years): Executive Summaries
2014Audit of Mathematics Curriculum Policy across 12 Jurisdictions: Commissioned Report
2014Consultation on the Draft Primary Language Curriculum: Junior infants to second class. Interim report.
2014Draft Primary Language Curriculum: English-medium schools. English Language 1 and Gaeilge Teanga 2. Stage 1: Junior and senior infants. Stage 2: First and second class. For consultation: April 9th to July 11th, 2014.
2014Transfer of pupil information from primary to post-primary: Report on consultation and materials for transfer
2014

Curriculum Structures and Stages in Primary Education: Audit of policy across jurisdictions. Country tables.

 

Curriculum Structures and Stages in Primary Education: Audit of policy across jurisdictions. Key findings summary.

2012Oral Language in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years). NCCA Research Report No. 14
2012Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years). NCCA Research Report No. 15
2012Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years). NCCA Research Report No. 16
2012The Primary Classsroom: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland study
2011Better Literacy and Numeracy for Children and Young People: NCCA submission to DES
2011Effective Language Teaching: A synthesis of research. NCCA Research Report No. 13
2010Primary School Curriculum: Mapping the developments. A discussion paper
2010Curriculum Overload in Primary Schools: Experiences and reflections from the learning site
2010Curriculum Overload in Primary Schools: An overview of national and international experiences
2008Modern Languages in the Primary School. Curriculum: Feasibility and futures
2008Reporting to Parents in Primary School: Communication, meaning and learning. NCCA Research Report No. 9
2008Science in Primary Schools, Phase 2. NCCA Research Report No. 11
2008Primary Curriculum Review, Phase 2. Final report with recommendations. NCCA Research Report No. 7
2008Primary Curriculum Review, Phase 2: What you told us and where to next. Summary leaflet
2007

Supporting Early Learning and Development through Formative Assessment:  A research paper

 

Supporting Early Learning and Development through Formative Assessment: A research paper. Executive summary

2007

Play as a context for early learning and Development: A research paper

 

Play as a context for early learning and Development: A research paper. Executive summary

2007

Children’s Early Learning and Development: A research paper

 

Children’s Early Learning and Development: A research paper. Executive summary

2007

Perspectives on the Relationship between Education and Care in Early Childhood: A research paper

 

Perspectives on the Relationship between Education and Care in Early Childhood: A research paper. Executive summary

2007Continuing Professional Development and Primary School Teachers. NCCA submission to the DES
2006Language and Literacy in Irish-medium Primary Schools: Review of literature
2006Language and Literacy in Irish-medium Primary Schools: Descriptions of practice. Consultation
2006Language and Literacy in Irish-medium Primary Schools: Questionnaire
2006Reporting Children’s Progress in Primary School. Background paper
2006Curriculum Review Booklet for Teachers. Review and reflection template for teachers.
2005

Primary Curriculum Review, Phase 1. Final report with recommendations. NCCA Research Report No. 8

 

Primary Curriculum Review, Phase 1. Summary of findings and recommendations

2005The Primary Curriculum in Schools: Insights from the curriculum implementation evaluation and the Primary Curriculum Review. Booklet
2005Report on the Feasibility of Modern Languages in the Primary School Curriculum
2003Curriculum Review Booklet for Schools. Questionnaire