This book adds to the small but growing corpus of literature in the bilingual education field. It is an account of the Bilingual Program of Instruction introduced in selected primary schools in Irish-speaking districts in Ireland between 1904 and 1922. The book discusses the historical context, the nature of the program, the extent to which it was disseminated, and the inadequacies of teacher training for its implementation.
Tom O'Donoghue is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Historical Context; 3. The Origins of the Bilingual Programme; 4. The Nature and Dissemination of the Bilingual and Training of Teachers; 5. The Development of Bilingual Teaching Methods by the Teachers in the Bilingual Schools; 6. Reponse to the Bilingual Programme in the Irish-Speaking Districts; 7. The Demise of the Bilingual Programme; 8. Conclusion; Appendices 1, 2, 3; Bibliography; Index.