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Integrated Education: A Review of the Evidence, 1999–2012

Dates: November 2012 to January 2013
Commissioned By: IEF
Funder: IEF
Reaserch Team: Dr Ulf Hansson (lead), Dr Una O’Connor Bones, Dr John McCord

This review, commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund (IEF), involved a critical analysis of policy development and research evidence into the educational, societal and economic benefits of integrated education in Northern Ireland since 1999.

The analysis had the following key objectives:

  • To review the manifestos of Northern Ireland political parties in relation to integrated education and to report any significant changes in education policy positions during the period 1999–2012;
  • To identify any key changes in education policy in Northern Ireland towards the provision of integrated education during the period 1999–2012, this should include references to changes in education policy which impacted on other sectors;
  • To review surveys on attitudes in Northern Ireland towards integrated education and to demonstrate clearly any changing trends in attitude during the period 1999–2012;
  • To review research evidence on educational, societal and economic benefits of integrated education in Northern Ireland and identify where the evidence indicates any significant changes in those areas;
  • To review relevant research into the impact of integrated and other similar models of education in other countries.

Video: Professor Alan Smith discusses the findings of research into integrated education in Northern Ireland and their implications for public policy

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Report Launch: Integrated Education: A review of the Evidence, 1999–2012

Parliament Buildings Stormont, 21st February 2013

Summary: An event organised and hosted by IEF to launch the report of the same name.
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