- Edited by Stephen J McKinney, University of Glasgow, UK and John Sullivan, Liverpool Hope University, UK
A distance is opening up between Catholic education and the rich intellectual heritage of the Catholic Church. Education in a Catholic Perspective explores Catholic philosophical and theological foundations for both education per se and for Catholic education in particular. With contributions spanning the theological foundations of Catholic education, the interplay of theology and education, and discussions of the social and missional dimensions of education, this book will be of considerable interest to educators and students of Catholic education, to academics in the fields of applied theology and philosophy and to those with an interest in the foundations of education.
Contents: Preface; Part I Introduction: Education in Catholic perspective, Stephen J. McKinney; Catholic education, Stephen J. McKinney. Part II Theological Foundations: St Augustine, Maurice Blondel and Christian education, John Sullivan; Thomas Aquinas, Catholic education, and the transcendental properties of truth, goodness, beauty, and integrity, Vivian Boland; Revelation, scripture and truth: truth in its beauty and love in its tenderness, Clare Watkins. Part III Theology and Education: Jesus as teacher: reading the gospel for new perspectives, Stephen J. McKinney and Robert J. Hill; Epiphany, worship and the contemplative body in Catholic education, David Torevell; Faith and reason: the route to wisdom, David Evans; Education, formation and conscience: ‘Should teach his brethren, and inspire to suffer and to die’, Clare Watkins. Part IV The Ecclesial and Social Dimension: Individual and institution, John Sullivan; Church and world, John Sullivan; The troublesome concept of ‘gender’: questions from feminist theology, Christine Forde. Part V Mission into Practice: Teaching, learning and the curriculum, Kevin Williams; Exploring practical implications, John Sullivan and Stephen J. McKinney; Bibliography; Index.
About the Editor: Dr Stephen J McKinney is a senior lecturer in the School of Education in the University of Glasgow. He is the editor of: Faith Schools in the 21st Century (2008) and A Companion to Catholic Education (Franchi and McKinney, 2011). He has published over 35 articles, book chapters and research reports.
John Sullivan is Professor of Christian Education, at Liverpool Hope University. He has published extensively. His most recent books are Learning the Language of Faith (2010) and Communicating Faith (2011). Prior to this he has published influential books such as Catholic Schools in Contention (2000), and Catholic Education: Distinctive and Inclusive (2001). He has also published 70+ articles and chapters in books (in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and Europe) on religion and education. His next major writing project is a monograph provisionally entitled Scholarship, Standards & Spirituality.
Reviews: ‘This book is a tour de force of the intellectual heritage that has a bearing on Catholic education and schooling. It has succeeded in its purpose of "critical retrieval" of Catholic traditions in philosophy, theology and educational theory that can help with the charting of a more meaningful and relevant Catholic education today.’
Graham Rossiter, Australian Catholic University, Australia
‘…the rich resources within the Catholic intellectual heritage, presented in this collection, provide some antidote to the corrosive utilitarian forces present in the current educational climate in England. Well done to Sullivan, McKinney et al. for their contributions and ideas on possible ways forward in meeting a multitude of challenges faced by leaders in Catholic educational institutions.’ British Journal of Religion Education
‘…I enthusiastically encourage practitioners or teacher educators to take up this volume in a spirit of enriching their professional conversations about teaching, including what enables or restricts the theory they read from being prominent in current policies, practices, or reform efforts. I sincerely hope that this very fine book makes precisely that impact on the field.’ Journal of Moral Education
‘…draws attention to the rich theological heritage that Catholic educators can call upon in their practical endeavours. Both Augustine and Aquinas are re-examined and shown to offer many pertinent insights for teachers today.’
'As Catholic school leaders strive to understand their institution's Catholic identity, they would be wise to reference this text. Students of philosophy and theology will also find this book of interest in relation to their respective fields of study. It could be useful for educational specialists seeking to understand Catholic education. The book provides a rich critical assessment of some of the major thinkers in the history of Catholic education and their import for today.'
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Chapter 1 - Education in Catholic perspective