The Students’ Religious Identity

  • Jan Germen Janmaat
  • Edward Vickers
  • Henry Everett
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Abstract

This chapter considers, from the student’s perspective, whether the schools (including the non-faith schools) might impact on their students’ attitudes of tolerance through the formation of a religious (social) identity, as well as the extent to which the school is involved in the creation of the social identity. The school’s role in the formation of the religious identity appears to be complex, with student responses indicating that attendance at a faith school does not necessarily increase identification with the faith.

Faith school students did consider that their school had influenced their faith formation, usually in a positive way, but parents were seen as the major influence. This supports the view that schools are reinforcing the identity established at home, rather than creating it.

Keywords

Student perceptions Religious identity School practice Teaching School ethos 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Germen Janmaat
    • 1
  • Edward Vickers
    • 2
  • Henry Everett
    • 3
  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of EducationKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  3. 3.LondonUK

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