The identity of Catholic schools as seen by teachers in Catholic schools in Queensland, Australia

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Gleeson, Jim, O’Gorman, John and O’Neill, Maureen. (2020) The identity of Catholic schools as seen by teachers in Catholic schools in Queensland, Australia. International Studies in Catholic Education. pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/19422539.2020.1717194
AuthorsGleeson, Jim, O’Gorman, John and O’Neill, Maureen
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This paper reports on the opinions of teachers in Queensland Catholic schools regarding the identity, purposes and characteristics of Catholic schools. It draws on survey data from 2287 teachers in Catholic schools as well as semi-structured interviews with twenty teachers. Respondents were asked about their reasons for working in Catholic Education and the faith-based identity, purposes and characteristics of Catholic schools. The vast majority believe that Catholic schools are different or very different from other schools and that the faith-based identity of Catholic schools is important or very important. More than half the survey respondents gave the ‘environment of Catholic schools’ as their main reason for working in Catholic schools, followed by ‘commitment to the Catholic faith’. Providing a ‘safe and nurturing environment’ was also the most popular choice for the purpose of Catholic schools, ahead of more explicitly faith-based options, while ‘caring community’ was by far the most popular characteristic of Catholic schools. The most significant finding of the study is that high levels of religiosity and self-reported knowledge of Catholic teaching are positively associated with the faith-based identity and characteristics of Catholic schools. Some implications of these key findings are then considered, with particular reference to the future of Catholic education.

Keywordsteachers in Queensland Catholic schools; faith-based identity of Catholic schools; purposes and characteristics of Catholic schools; implications for Catholic Education
Year2020
JournalInternational Studies in Catholic Education
Journal citationpp. 1-22
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1942-2539
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19422539.2020.1717194
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85079433596
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