Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education

Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education

by John Lydon (Editor)

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Overview

Since the publication of its predecessor volume Contemporary Catholic Education in 2002, the Catholic education landscape has experienced significant developments and challenges. The notion that the perennial, in the form of the rich heritage of the Catholic education tradition, must remain in constant dialogue with the transitional educational landscape permeates this publication. This is rooted in a sacramental vision of the human person and is anchored in three core principles: the dignity of the individual, the call to human flourishing and the promise of a divine destiny. The extent to which Catholic school teachers, leaders and governors embrace the challenge to embed these core principles, while acknowledging a range of factors challenging the holistic perspective canonised in Catholic tradition, features prominently in this volume. The structuring of Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education around three themes, context, Religious Education and leadership and governance is designed strategically to enable the authors to address contemporary challenges, principal among which is the maintenance of the integral mission of Catholic education. In these contexts the value of the witness of Catholic teachers, leaders and governors is accentuated and, in the words of Pope Francis, ‘teaching ultimately has to be reflected in the teacher’s way of life, which awakens the assent of the heart by its nearness, love and witness’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780852449332
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

JOHN J. LYDON is Principal Lecturer and Director of the MA in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University, London. He is a Professor and Co-Director of an undergraduate programme of the University of Notre Dame. He is currently involved in the establishment of a global Masters in Catholic School Leadership led by Australian Catholic University. He was reappointed thematic expert of the international Catholic-inspired NGO Forum for Education working in partnership with the Vatican Secretariat of State in 2018. He is a member of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers and the Catholic Association of Teachers Schools and Colleges (UK).

Table of Contents

Introduction...........................................................................ix

PART I: CONTEXT....................................................1

1. Martin Browne OSB Catholic Secondary Education in

the Irish Context..........................................................3

2. Fr Ronald Nuzzi A Balkanised Landscape: Public, Charter

and Catholic School in the United States..................15

3. Dr Christopher Richardson Researching Catholic

Education.....................................................................27

PART II: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.....................40

4. Professor Anthony Towey and Philip Robinson

Religious Education Reform in Catholic Schools in

England & Wales........................................................43

5. Dr Amalee Meehan The Sickness of Long Thinking:

Religious Education and the New Junior Cycle.....59

6. Dr Anne Hession Approaching the Catholic Religious

Education Curriculum in Schools in Ireland........69

7. Dr Sean Whittle Religious Education in Catholic

Schools: Contemporary Challenges..........................81

8. Sarah Nash The Role of the RE Coordinator in Catholic

Primary Schools...........................................................97

9. Teresa Lucas Chaplaincy and Religious Diversity..109

PART III: LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE..121

10. Professor Gerald Grace Catholic Schools Self

Evaluation: Five International Challenges—An

analysis for Governors, Headteachers and Teachers

to Discuss and Take Action.......................................123

11. Dr Simon Uttley Challenges Facing Catholic Secondary

Headteachers in a Contemporary Context................135

12. Dr Christopher Storr Trusteeship and Governance in

Catholic Schools..........................................................149

13. Dr John Lydon Initial and Ongoing Formation of

Catholic School Teachers and Leaders: A Perspective

from the UK..................................................................159

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