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As Leaving Certificate and leaving school looms, teenagers' participation in cultural activities declines

New research, conducted by the ESRI and funded by the Arts Council, shows that young people become less involved in cultural activities as they prepare for the Leaving Certificate and leave school. Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, the report charts a decline in reading for pleasure and taking music/drama/dance lessons between 13 and 17 years of age.

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Study of Educate Together second-level schools provides a positive outlook for the sector

The report being launched at an online research seminar today, is based on a mixed methods research study conducted at 11 ETSS late in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 school closures. The research involved students, teachers, parents, school leaders and other stakeholders.  

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COVID-19

Download research on the potential impact of COVID-19 across areas including economic growth, employment and human behaviour.

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Gender equality

Download research on topics including the gender wage gap and the gender impact of budgetary policy. 

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Climate change

Research examines several aspects of climate change mitigation, including carbon taxes and renewable energy. 

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