Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education

Author: Graham P. McDonough
ISBN: 978-0-7735-4054-5
Date: 2012
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Publisher: McGill-Queen?s University Press: Canada

This book offers a penetrating insight into Catholic education in Canada and raises profound issues for all involved in Catholic education. It brings into focus the place of disagreement and dissent in Catholic education. Although dissent is a recurring theme in theology, little attention has been given to the educational dimension of it. At the heart of this book are very practical questions about the way in which Catholic schools need to educate pupils in order to be able to engage with theological disagreements and with dissent.

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Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education

Author: Stratford Caldecott
ISBN 978-1-62138-004-7
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Angelico Press, USA

This book has a markedly different style to the empirically grounded works by Storr and Casson just considered. The author, Caldecott, takes as his premise general concerns about the dire situation of state education. He is convinced that this is ultimately rooted in the widespread belief that there are no objective truths and that there is a plurality of subjective preferences that deserve equal respect. In response to this situation Caldecott presents what he describes as a Catholic philosophy of education.

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Serving Two Masters? Catholic school governors at work

Author: Christopher Storr
ISBN 978-085244-742-0
Date: 2011
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Publisher: Gracewing, UK

The author draws on twenty years experience as the Director of Education in the Archdiocese of Southwark to present an accessible and perceptive study of the issues facing the work of governors in Catholic schools. As the title suggests, this text brings into focus the way that governors face the challenge of implementing both government education policy and official Church teaching on education. Storr?s work is grounded on interviews with a large sample of Catholic school governors.

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Fragmented Catholicity and Social Cohesion: Faith Schools in a Plural Society

Author: Ann Casson
ISBB 978-3-0343-0896-0
Date: 2013
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Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Switzerland

In many respects this work might make for challenging reading about the contemporary nature of Catholic schools. This book is the fruit of the research undertaken for doctoral study. Dr Casson completed an in- depth analysis of three Catholic secondary schools in the north west of England. This allowed her to consider the shifting pattern of Catholic identity and differing teacher and student perceptions of Catholic education.

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Education in a Catholic Perspective

Editors: Stephen J. McKinney and
John Sullivan
ISBN: 9781409452713
Date: 2013
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Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Surrey

This collection of essays focuses on some substantive issues about the relationship between theology and education. As such it amounts to a serious read and has much more the feel of being an academic book. The authors are seeking to draw attention to the rich theological heritage that Catholic educators can call upon in their practical endeavours. Both Augustine and Aquinas are re-examined and shown to offer many pertinent insights for teachers today. The essays are wide ranging and also include contributions on Blondel, revelation, liturgy and feminist theology.

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