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The primary school’s invasion of the privacy of the child: unmasking the potential of some current practices

Hanafin, Joan and O’Donoghue, Tom and Flynn, Marie and Shevlin, Michael (2009) The primary school’s invasion of the privacy of the child: unmasking the potential of some current practices. Educational Studies, 36 (2). pp. 143-152. ISSN 0305-5698

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Privacy has been defined as “the protective buffer within which people can avoid another party’s taking something from them, keeping watch over them, or entering into their lives in a way that is both unwelcome and undesirable”. It is a premise of this paper that such a position needs to be taken very seriously in contemporary society, and particularly in the case of schools, as school personnel have the capacity to engage in practices which show great disregard for individual and family privacy. This is illustrated in the case of primary school education in the Republic of Ireland. Particular attention is paid to assessment, pedagogical and curricular practices that derive from patterns of systematic and mandatory disclosure that are confessional, performative and public.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:privacy; primary schools; children; Ireland
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Teaching
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Copyright Information:© 2009 Taylor & Francis This is an electronic version of an article published in Educational Studies and is available online at:
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ID Code:21506
Deposited On:08 Dec 2016 15:14 by Thomas Murtagh. Last Modified 08 Dec 2016 15:14

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