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A History of the Irish Vocational Education Association 1902 – 2002 by Jim Cooke
This history traces the development of Irish technical education from the first Mechanics’ Institute in Dublin in 1824, to the first Technical School (Kevin St.) in 1887, the Vocational Schools of the 1930s and the Community Colleges of the 1980s. It also traces the development of the Technological Colleges and the Regional Technical Colleges. The emphasis is on the century 1902 – 2002.
Jim Cooke vividly describes the people who worked for the cause of vocational and technical education – their idealism, vision, leadership, commitment and sense of mission. Through their considerable political skills, they succeeded in forging broadly based alliances in pursuit of their goals. Through their dedication and determination, Ireland became endowed with a statutory system of education that is democratically controlled, multi-denominational, co-educational and highly responsive to local and emerging needs.
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