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ERIC Number: ED363904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Rituals: The Structure of Schooling at a Catholic Elementary School.
Pasma, Kristen
An ethnographic study examined the practice of rituals as the pervasive form of communication at St. Mary's (a pseudonym) Catholic elementary school. Four specific rituals illustrate this communication process: morning assembly, "Pass the Pen,""Sparkles," and "Yes please/No thank-you." Morning assembly begins each school day, involving the entire student body and faculty. The other three rituals represent typical rituals of the fifth-grade class at St. Mary's. Although each ritual remains unique in its form and content, together the rituals establish a distinct form of communication and contribute to a process of schooling at St. Mary's which can be labeled "School-as-Order/Structure." The rituals both reinforce communication as an orderly sequence of events and structure the way children become socialized into the schooling process. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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