ERIC Number: EJ953088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Impact of Cultural Religious Values upon Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Their Role as Educators in Catholic Religious Schools
Gellel, Adrian-Mario; Buchanan, Michael T.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v32 n3 p317-328 2011
The particular history, politics, social milieu and size of the islands of Malta contributed to the formation of specific cultural values and identity. Central to this identity is a unique language and a very strong Catholic community. These factors remain integral (but not exclusive) aspects of the Maltese national identity. This identity has been expressed well beyond the Maltese islands as a result of mass emigration in the mid to latter part of the last century. This article reports on the findings of a comparative study between pre-service teachers of Maltese descent from Malta and Australia who aspire to be teachers in Catholic schools. The study sought to identify the similarities and differences between their perceptions of the role of a teacher in a Catholic school and to investigate the likely influence that shared cultural religious values might have upon their perceptions.
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Nationalism, Foreign Countries, Values, Comparative Analysis, Religious Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Self Concept, Immigrants, Questionnaires
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Malta