Comparative Perspectives on the Opportunities and Challenges Confronting Elementary and Secondary Faith-based Education: Views from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States
Academic Conferences and Workshops
This conference is situated as part of a broader effort of the joint Kellogg Institute (KI) and Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) Research Cluster on international education, and it will orbit the theme, “Comparative Perspectives on the Opportunities and Challenges Confronting Elementary and Secondary Faith-based Education: Views from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States.” Taking place from March 12 - 14, 2019 at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway, we plan to convene over 30 leading educational scholars and practitioners from three very distinctive anglophone cases to engage the rich comparative leverage these cases provide. Topics covered will include: a close analysis of the role of financing and regulation of primary and secondary Catholic education in anglophone liberal democratic societies; an exploration of how the ‘ethos’ of a Catholic school becomes refracted through differing national contexts; and an examination of the problématique of finding and forming faith-filled, informed, and talented leaders and teachers for faith-based, and particularly Catholic, schools capable of contributing to the holistic formation of their students. Though not exhaustive, these topics will provide notes of counterpoint by which to draw out comparative perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing primary and secondary faith-based schools in these three very different policy contexts.