(SELF)FORMATION OF LITHUANIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY IN IRELAND: A DISCOURSE OF EDUCATIONAL POLITICIANS, EDUCATIONAL PRACTITIONERS, AND PUPILS
CHALLENGES OF EDUCATION POLICY
Agnė Strolytė
Published 2013-01-01
https://doi.org/10.15388/ActPaed.2013.30.1547
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Keywords

national identity
emigration
Irish education policy
intercultural education

How to Cite

Strolytė A. (2013) “(SELF)FORMATION OF LITHUANIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY IN IRELAND: A DISCOURSE OF EDUCATIONAL POLITICIANS, EDUCATIONAL PRACTITIONERS, AND PUPILS”, Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 300, pp. 114-125. doi: 10.15388/ActPaed.2013.30.1547.

Abstract

This article covers the (self)formation of Lithuanian pupils’ national identity in Ireland and reveals their attitude towards their national identity. A review of the Irish education policy documents has shown the prevailing intercultural education model in Ireland, which should guarantee equal rights of national iden­tity and development for all pupils. However, analy­sis of interviews with politicians-experts and prac­ticians has shown that in practice some difficulties occur when implementing the objectives declared by the Irish education documents. The implementation of educational policy objectives mainly depends on the attitude and effort of a school or teachers. This is why the implementation of intercultural educa­tion has been different in the Irish secondary schools studied. The analysis of experts-practicians’ inter­views has revealed assimilative objectives of educa­tional policy towards the immigrants. The education of immigrants in Irish secondary schools is more oriented to their successful integration but not to the nurturance of national identity. Nevertheless, there are some possibilities and conditions for the (self)formation of national identity in Irish secondary schools. However, the preservation and nurturance of national identity does not depend on the support of education institutions but on the attitude of the fam­ily and pupils’ motivation.
Pupils’ questionnaires have benefited to reveal that Lithuanians’ national identity is strong, and no features of national identity hybridisation or frag­mentation have been found. The data of the research have shown the ability of Lithuanian pupils to sustain several layers of cultural dependence: they success­fully integrate into the new society, simultaneously retaining their national identity. 

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