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Paper presented to the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Experts Conference, held in DIT in August 2008


In this paper I adopt and merge elements from both Yin (2005) ‘Case Study Method’, and Guba and Lincoln (1989) ‘Fourth Generation Evaluation’ to provide the reader with some background information, insights and future directions of the recently established UNEVOC National Centre Ireland. This is presented in three separate sections; Section 1, Descriptions, provides details on the background of the Technological University Dublin, locates the emergence of the UNESCO-UNEVOC agenda in DIT, and DIT’s appointment as the UNEVOC National Centre Ireland. Section 2, Reflections, details the work of the National UNEVOC Centre Ireland during the period 2006-2008. I note some of the milestones and strategic directions taken during this development period. Section 3, Opportunities, sets out future possibilities that would enable the UNEVOC National Centre Ireland to move to a new level of operation and expand the range of work it can undertake and the contribution it can make towards UNESCO-UNEVOC goals. This paper will not detail in any great length or depth with descriptions relating to technical vocational education and training (TVET) in Ireland. The rational for this position is quite simple, Guest Speakers from the main Irish national organisations (The Institutes of Technology Ireland, FAS, The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Teachers Union of Ireland, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs) will make presentations to this seminar portraying the rich depth of education and training policy and practice currently in operation Ireland. Rather I want to use this opportunity to share with participants the emerging story of the UNEVOC National Centre Ireland, this information maybe of interests to other established and newly forming UNEVOC Centres in both the North and South. In essence I am endeavouring to provide the reader with a contextual framework to support future dialogue on possible collaborations and capacity building initiatives.

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