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ERIC Number: EJ1058058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-2373-8170
Critical Theory and Catholic Social Teaching: A Research Framework for Catholic Schools
Bradley-Levine, Jill; Carr, Kari A.
Journal of Catholic Education, v18 n2 Article 3 Mar 2015
In this article, the authors share findings from an ethnographic study drawn from an evaluation of an after-school program directed by a Catholic diocese to meet the educational needs of children attending urban Catholic schools. The authors used critical research methods within the context of Catholic social teaching (CST) as a theoretical framework for the data presented in this article. Two themes emerged during this data collection and analysis. The first theme, student interactions, describes the helpful ways that students engaged with each other during the afterschool program, and also the manner in which students exhibited a need for greater supports. The second theme, staff-student and staff-families interactions, explains how staff members connected with students in the after-school program, and their families and experiences. The focus on relationships emerged as an explicit connection to the CST themes of care, solidarity, and community within the after-school program sites. These findings have implications for researchers and educators working in Catholic and/or urban schools, or their respective after-school programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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