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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
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Children’s School Lives (CSL)

National longitudinal cohort study of primary schooling in Ireland.

Children’s School Lives (CSL)

Children’s School Lives (CSL) is an exciting new national longitudinal cohort study of primary schooling in Ireland. Launched on October 25th, the study will follow approximately 4,300 children through their primary school years. Using surveys and interviews with children, teachers and parents, as well as classroom observations, this ground-breaking study will provide rich and insightful pictures of children’s experiences in primary schools in Ireland. The study will also show how these experiences both shape and are shaped by schools as communities, institutions, and as a system.

Research plays a central role in all NCCA’s curriculum development work at early childhood, primary and post-primary. Children’s experiences, and the perspectives of their teachers, school management and parents on what happens in schools, are an important part of connecting practice with national policy. Aptly titled, Children’s School Lives, the study will inform the NCCA’s work in reviewing and updating the primary curriculum to ensure it continues to provide a strong foundation for teaching and learning. The findings will likely also be useful to schools in reviewing and further developing their own policies and practices.  

The study will be carried out by University College Dublin with the first wave of data-gathering due to begin in Q1, 2019.