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Faith Schools : Consensus or Conflict? - Jo Cairns

Faith Schools

Consensus or Conflict?

By: Jo Cairns (Editor), Roy Gardner (Editor), Professor Denis Lawton (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780415335256
Number Of Pages: 267

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Until fairly recently the separation of pupils according to religion was felt to be compatible with a comprehensive education. That consensus no longer holds and there is a strong positive lobby either to absorb faith schools altogether within the state system or at least to dilute their membership ensuring they include children from other faiths, or no faith at all.

This book addresses the current concerns, questions and interest surrounding the legitimacy, support and intended expansion of faith schools. Divided into five sections, it includes chapters on:

* the legal frameworks for faith schools and the rights of the child
* faith-based schools in the UK, Northern Ireland, France and the USA
* the impact of faith schools on pupil performance
* faith schools, religious education and citizenship
* political and research issues.

Faith Schools: Consensus or Conflict? is of interest to educators, policymakers, researchers and students of education, religion and sociology.

Industry Reviews

'This is an important contribution. It issues its own challenges: to the faith providers to articulate both their own starting points, and the ways in which their distinctive contribution is beneficial for the state of the nation; and to opponents to provide hard evidence for what they most fear about faith schools.' - British Journal of Religious Education

'With the renewed interest, internationally, in the role of faith and the planned expansion in the United Kingdon of faith-based secondary schools, this collection of articles in timely.' - International Journal of Children's Spirituality

List of tables and figuresp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Faith schools: past and presentp. 5
Faith schools now: an overviewp. 7
Faith schools and colleges of education since 1800p. 14
The legal framework for faith-based schools and the rights of the childp. 36
Faith schools: for and againstp. 49
Faith schools: can they be justified?p. 51
Are faith schools divisive?p. 61
Religion and schools - a fresh way forward? A rights-based approach to diversity in schoolsp. 74
Faith-based schools in the United Kingdom: an unenthusiastic defence of a slightly reformed status quop. 83
Keeping the faith with social capital: from Coleman to New Labour on social justice, religion and educationp. 90
Faith schools: in practicep. 103
Perceptions and practices of Christian schoolsp. 105
Learning together: the case for 'joint church' schoolsp. 113
Segregation or cohesion: Church of England schools in Bradfordp. 122
Through the looking glass: religion, identity and citizenship in a plural culture: from the viewpoint of the modern Orthodox Jewish schoolp. 138
Faith schools: the experience elsewherep. 145
Measuring Catholic school performance: an international perspectivep. 147
Faith schools and Northern Ireland: a review of researchp. 156
Exclusion or embrace? Faith, social ideals and 'common schooling' in America's public educationp. 166
Faith schools in France: from conflict to consensus?p. 178
Faith schools: the way forwardp. 189
Faith schools and communities: communitarianism, social capital and citizenshipp. 191
The impact of faith schools on pupil performancep. 202
Faith schools, religious education and citizenshipp. 213
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ISBN: 9780415335256
ISBN-10: 0415335256
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 1st April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.05  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1