Research Conversations with Classroom Teachers
Chapter 1: Do Church Schools in England Work?
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Do Church Schools in England Work?
Positivism in Education
Church schools in England claim to offer a distinctively Christian education. However there is a question mark over whether what happens in many of their classrooms is any different from community schools that do not have their religious character. Do we actually know how teachers in church schools apply their school’s claimed Christian ethos to their teaching and learning strategies when they are behind the closed doors of their classrooms? This book is an exploration of this question in the light of the findings of a research project conducted jointly by the National Institute for Christian Education Research at Canterbury Christ Church University and the National Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University (Cooling and Green, 2015). This research was a response to the findings of our earlier literature review that indicated that very little research had been undertaken on the distinctiveness of teaching and learning in Christian-ethos schools (Green and Cooling, 2009).
Our research project was set up to investigate the impact (a word we will discuss in detail in subsequent chapters) of a Christian-inspired pedagogical approach called What If Learning, which two of us (Green and Cooling) had been involved in developing as part of an international team. What If Learning is described in more detail in Chapter 2. The research itself came into being following a presentation I gave about the approach to...
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