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Religiously Affiliated Schools in Northern Ireland: The Persistence of Denominational Differences in Pupils' Religious And Moral Values

Francis, L J, Robbins, M, Barnes, L P and Lewis, Christopher A (2006) Religiously Affiliated Schools in Northern Ireland: The Persistence of Denominational Differences in Pupils' Religious And Moral Values.

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Abstract

Northern Ireland has been and remains a country deeply divided, and this division is focused by the denominational distinction between Catholics and Protestants. The division is reflected in and supported by separate educational systems for Protestant and Catholic children. Between the late 1960s and early 1990s, John Greer pioneered a series of empirical enquiries concerning the distinctive religious, moral and social cultures of pupils educated in the two school systems. This study replicates earlier research he carried out in 1984 that investigated the religious beliefs and values of both Catholic and Protestant pupils in schools. The data provided by 1,099 Protestant pupils and by 1,270 Catholic pupils confirm Greer’s earlier conclusion that there are significant and consistent differences in the religious profiles of the two denominational groups. Some of the implications of this finding for accounts of the nature of the process of secularisation and for education and schooling in Northern Ireland are considered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Metadata only available from this repository. This article was published in the Journal of Empirical Theology in 2007. The published article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157092506778884508Contact the author via email at - ca.lewis@glyndwr.ac.uk for information about this article.
Keywords: School pupils, Catholic, Protestant, Northern Ireland, religion and morality
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06
URI: http://glyndwr.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/285

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