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Education researcher Grace Fraser talks about her research on the founding and operation of integrated schools and the challenges of running them. She distinguishes between schools that were called integrated but did little in terms of programs, schools that were integrated and ran educational programs but did little to affect interaction, and those that intensively worked to teach children about tolerance and to involve principles of integration into all aspects of their programs. Integrated schools began as non-funded, parent initiated efforts to create an alternative style of education. Parent involvement took enormous work and this process a major focus of this talk.


integrated education; parent choice in education; controlled sector; maintained sector; Oak Grove School; Lagon College; North Coast College; Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education; Northeastern Board; Mill Strand Primary School; Portrush; Education for Mutual Understanding Program; diversity; integration; defining integration; Remembrance Day; Poppy Fund; Center for the Study of Conflict; 11 Plus exams; Martin McGuinness;social class; grammar school; Coleraine Academical Institution; transfer exam


Education | Education Policy | Peace and Conflict Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sociology



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Grace Fraser

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Reports an in depth study of eight integrated schools and first-person experiences with schools

Grace Fraser Integrated Education in Practice


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