ERIC Number: EJ803375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education in Catholic Secondary Schools: Stakeholders' Views
Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal for Pastoral Care & Personal-Social Education, v25 n2 p22-30 Jun 2007
During 1999-2000, the writer carried out a survey of six randomly selected Catholic secondary schools in England to examine the attitudes of stakeholder groups towards Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education. Questionnaires were completed by six governors, 12 parents, 139 pupils, 12 teachers and six school leaders, providing insight into perceptions of the purposes of selected components of Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education, viz. Citizenship Education, Moral Education and Sex Education. Drawing on Hornsby-Smith's (1996) definition of contrasting perspectives, which he characterises as "Open" and "Closed" Catholicism, the enquiry located attitudes of the stakeholder groups along a continuum of values. While there was evidence of consensus across stakeholder groups within each component, differences in attitudes were also identified. The results indicated that governors and school leaders adopt more "Open" attitudes towards Citizenship Education compared with pupils, teachers and parents; that school leaders adopt more "Open" attitudes towards Moral Education compared with pupils; and that pupils and teachers adopt more "Open" attitudes towards Sex Education compared with governors. One conclusion is that these results demonstrate that, when traditional religious values are challenged by rapid social and technological changes, stakeholder groups in faith schools are faced with added tensions to resolve.
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Secondary Schools, Catholics, Health Education, Sex Education, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Catholic Schools, Surveys, Questionnaires, Moral Values, Educational Environment, Administrator Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Catholic Educators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)