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ERIC Number: EJ1048968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
"But We're Already Doing It": Ontario Teachers' Responses to Policies on Religious Inclusion and Accommodation in Public Schools
Hillier, Cathlene
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v60 n1 p43-61 Spr 2014
Examining schools through the theoretical lens of the New Institutionalism, this study uses semi-structured, face-to-face interviews to explore (1) how religious diversity is addressed by teachers in the public school system, and (2) the accommodations that are made for students of diverse faiths. Policies on religious accommodation receive tight coupling with teaching practice due to the tangible nature of requests for religious accommodation and because students' or parents' direct requests require immediate attention. This study also finds a strong correlation with the decoupling argument regarding policies on inclusive education. The teachers interviewed interpret what "religious inclusion" means and how it corresponds with their own pre-existing ideas and teaching practice, as they make decisions based on their students' unique needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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