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ERIC Number: EJ821529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
The Act of Collective Worship: Pupils' Perspectives
Gill, Jeannette
British Journal of Religious Education, v26 n2 p185-196 Jun 2004
Data gathered as part of a recent research project into the provision of collective worship in schools in England and Wales reveals the existence of a marked variation in approach and provision between schools in the primary and secondary sectors. Consequently, the point of transfer often becomes a watershed in pupils' experience. This sudden change, which is most apparent in community schools, is accompanied by a slower but pre-existing transition in attitudes which is common to pupils in all types of institution. Using material gathered from interviews with young people, this article examines the issue of participation in school worship from the pupils' perspective and analyses the reasons they give for their opposition to provision. It then compares these attitudes with those of a previous generation, as demonstrated in the work of Loukes (1961) and Goldman (1964, 1965) in order to explore the underlying changes which influence students' thinking. It concludes with a consideration of the implications of these findings for practice and policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)