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Northern Ireland: Some post-conflict challenges in education

BySAM MCGUINNESS, LESLEY ABBOTT, FRANK CASSIDY

This chapter is concerned with educational leadership and associated challenges at the school level in post-conflict Northern Ireland. It opens with a brief overview on the period of conflict. The contemporary educational situation is then outlined. This is followed by an account of contemporary leadership developments in Northern Ireland related to the principalship, many of which are similar to those occurring in countries throughout the Western world that have not had the same experience of conflict. Considerations then take a very different turn, with an examination of challenges for principals regarding post-conflict initiatives related to the sectarian aspect of the conflict.