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Faith Schools and Society : Civilising the Debate - Jo Cairns

Faith Schools and Society

Civilising the Debate

By: Jo Cairns


Published: 1st June 2009
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This is an engaging and insightful monograph that examines the fit between personal, spiritual and academic goals in contemporary educational experience and individual school cultures. Do faith schools have a place in a plural society? Which types of school contribute most effectively to a plural society? This fascinating monograph seeks to answer these questions and more by exploring the fit between personal, spiritual and academic goals in contemporary educational experience and individual school cultures. Jo Cairns, a well-respected authority on faith schools, argues that educational ideology in plural societies has to find a way of recognizing and responding to the 'predicament' of pluralism as it is experienced by individuals and communities. This provocative and challenging book will undoubtedly stimulate debate among educationists across the world.

'It is rare to find a work which skillfully combines rigorous empirical research and fluid, rich prose. In this work, Dr. Cairns accomplishes this feat around a much widely discussed and frequently emotionally charged topic, namely faith based schools. Her rich and extensive experience in researching various facets of schooling serve her well as she presents her findings. Especially welcome, and quite remarkable in my opinion, is the inclusion of the student voice. As Dr. Cairns indicates in her Introduction, she has "attempted to put individual school cultures and their student voices at the heart of the debate about faith schools." Her rigorous adherence to principles of empirical research, and her carefully nuanced interpretation of the findings are presented to advance conversations about education for and in pluralism. This makes for a most engaging, informative, and lively read. All who are concerned with education for and in a pluralist environment will benefit from this scholarly work.'Gloria Durka, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, USA

List of Tablesp. ix
Foreword by Denis Lawtonp. x
Prefacep. xii
Introductionp. 1
An Intellectual Framework to Support a Civic Conversation about Faith Schools in Plural Societies
The Urgent Need for a Civilized Conversation about Faith Schools and Societyp. 21
A Reassessment of the Place of Faith Schools in State-Supported Education in Plural Democratic Societiesp. 34
To What Extent Can Plural Societies Which Encompass a Spectrum of World Views and Cultural Perspectives Sustain a Common Schooling for All?p. 47
The Role of Faith in the Schools of Civic Societiesp. 63
Developing a Process for the Study of Faith-Based Schools and Their Cultures within Plural Societies
Towards the Establishment of an Evidence Base for Use in a Civic Conversation about Faith Schools in a Plural Societyp. 83
Faith School Profilesp. 101
Profiling Faith School Cultures: A Means of Practice Informing Policy
Four Catholic Schools and Their Culturesp. 117
The Student Voice and Its Significance in the Study of School Culturesp. 144
Building a Meta-Narrative of School Cultures from a Composite Profile of Four Faith Schoolsp. 206
Practice Informing Policy: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy Concerning Faith-Based Schoolsp. 218
Appendix: The Student Questionnairep. 235
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781847062291
ISBN-10: 1847062296
Series: Continuum Studies in Education (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st June 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1