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ERIC Number: ED352301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Catholic Schools Make a Difference: Twenty-five Years of Research.
Convey, John J.
This overview examines the major research studies on Catholic schools published between 1965 and 1991 along with a synthesis of the research regarding the demography, outcomes, and environment of Catholic schools, and of the teachers, parents, and students associated with Catholic schools. The research showed that student from Catholic schools scored higher on virtually all outcome measures than did students from public schools, even when relevant demographic characteristics of the students were controlled. This document is organized into nine chapters. Chapter 1 is an introduction. Chapter 2 is a critical review of the major studies on Catholic schools. Chapter 3 describes the demography of Catholic schools. Chapter 4 presents a review of the research concerning three types of Catholic school outcomes: academics, religious, and values. Chapter 5 looks at the research on the environment of Catholic schools in five themes: the school as community; differences in the cultures of Catholic schools and public schools; the academic climate of Catholic schools; discipline and order; and the development of the faith community. Chapter 6 examines the research on Catholic school teachers. Chapter 7 describes the research on parental choice of Catholic schools. Chapter 8 presents the research on two themes concerning students: minority students in Catholic schools, and the comparison of single-sex with co-educational Catholic high schools. Finally, Chapter 9 summarizes the important findings from the research on Catholic schools; addresses the question of the relative effectiveness of Catholic and public schools; and identifies some directions for future research, including attention to methodology, the establishment of research priorities, and the continuing examination of important topics relating to Catholic schools. A lengthy list of references is included. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Demography, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Education, Parent School Relationship, Religious Education, School Choice, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.