|Author(s)||Lalor, J. & Rami, J.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
This paper examines the literature on culture and the construction of identity in educational contexts in Ireland, and addresses how difference is dealt with in the institutional, policy and practical educational arenas. This is within the context of ongoing research on how the Irish Education system accommodates culturally diverse population. The paper first investigates the concept of Culture education and considers the role of school systems as reproductive and transformative agents, in a general sense and specifically in the Irish context. It then looks at cultural forces shaping these norms, and develops this against the social, cultural and demographic changes in Irish society over the last decade.