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ERIC Number: EJ1072414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0264-3944
Good News for the Poor?--A Case Study of Church and School Collaboration in Inner-City Belfast
Purdy, Noel; Meneely, Heather
Pastoral Care in Education, v33 n3 p147-153 2015
This critical reflection addresses the role of the Christian Church in tackling educational underachievement and poverty in the inner city. The Church has traditionally expressed a commitment to meeting the needs of the poor, and has exerted a significant influence on education over many years. However, there is a notable lack of guidance and research in relation to how churches should engage with inner-city schools and how they can best address the challenges of low educational aspiration and attainment. Set against a context of chronic underachievement, community tensions and social disadvantage within the local Protestant working-class community, this paper briefly examines an innovative collaboration between a primary school and its local church in inner-city Belfast. Although imperfect, the partnership offers a practical means of addressing the children's educational and also wider pastoral needs. This paper concludes with a challenge to the Church to engage in such challenging communities in a more critical and evidence-based manner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast)
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