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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415335263
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Gardner is Course Leader for Advanced Short Courses, Denis Lawton is Professor of Education and Jo Cairns is Lecturer in Education all at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Faith schools now : an overview 7
2 Faith schools and colleges of education since 1800 14
3 The legal framework for faith-based schools and the rights of the child 36
4 Faith schools : can they be justified? 51
5 Are faith schools divisive? 61
6 Religion and schools - a fresh way forward? : a rights-based approach to diversity in schools 74
7 Faith-based schools in the United Kingdom : an unenthusiastic defence of a slightly reformed status quo 83
8 Keeping the faith with social capital : from Coleman to new labour on social justice, religion and education 90
9 Perceptions and practices of Christian schools 105
10 Learning together : the case for 'joint church' schools 113
11 Segregation or cohesion : church of England schools in Bradford 122
12 Through the looking glass : religion, identity and citizenship in a plural culture : from the viewpoint of the modern orthodox Jewish school 138
13 Measuring Catholic school performance : an international perspective 147
14 Faith schools and Northern Ireland : a review of research 156
15 Exclusion or embrace? : faith, social ideals and 'common schooling' in America's public education 166
16 Faith schools in France : from conflict to consensus? 178
17 Faith schools and communities : communitarianism, social capital and citizenship 191
18 The impact of faith schools on pupil performance 202
19 Faith schools, religious education and citizenship 213
20 Continuing personal and professional development and faith schools 222
21 Faith schools : some political issues and an agenda for research 242
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