Identity in Dialogue

Assessing and enhancing Catholic school identity. Research methodology and research results in Catholic schools in Victoria, Australia

By Didier Pollefeyt, Jan Bouwens

Situated in increasingly pluralizing cultural contexts, Catholic schools face the challenge of recontextualizing their identity in a culturally plausible and theologically legitimate way. To this end, across Victoria, Australia, the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project (ECSIP) has developed a suite of empirical instruments that provide an in-depth analysis of a school's current - as well as desired - identity in a statistically reliable way. The results are discussed in this book. After describing and interpreting the results, the empirical insights lead to well-informed recommendations aimed at the identity development of Catholic schools, with a normative preference for the Recontextualizing Dialogue School model as the way to enhance Catholic identity in a context of diversity. In this manner, ECSIP supports on-going processes of (self-) assessment that form the basis for continuing dynamics of (self-) improvement of the identity of Catholic educational institutions. (Series: Christian Religious Education and School Identity - Vol. 1) [Subject: Religious Studies, Christianity, Catholicism, Education, Australian Studies]


Publication Date: 7/18/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643905505