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ERIC Number: EJ1052600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
Honour and Shame in a Church of England Primary School
Wilson, Tom
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v18 n2 p155-169 2014
While students of Islamic societies and cultures are aware of the influence of dynamics of honour and shame on behaviour, these factors are not always recognized by those who engage with Muslims in the UK. This paper will discuss the impact of concerns related to honour and shame on the behaviour of Muslim pupils in a Church of England primary school. It will first outline a scholarly understanding of honour and shame and how this relates to religious praxis. Second, three specific examples from the author's two years of fieldwork in a Church of England primary school will be used to illustrate the dynamics in the specific field site. These are responses to the celebration of Christmas in the school, responses to RE lessons, and negotiation of guitar lessons. These examples demonstrate how different pupils' concerns about honour and shame impacted behaviour, and also show that teaching staff in the school were not necessarily aware of the dynamics of honour and shame or of the different pupils' responses. The paper concludes with a discussion of how Christian teachers could respond to issues of honour and shame in order to be more able to cater for the needs of their Muslim pupils.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)