Oideas was the academic journal of the Department of Education and Skills. It was published on a regular basis from 1968 and its aim was to disseminate information and thought about educational matters amongst all engaged in the work of education in Ireland. The editorial board of Oideas received and published papers from the whole education community - policy makers, inspectors, and teachers - in fact from anyone who had an appropriate contribution to make. However, the opinions expressed did not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Education.