Introduction and Overview

  • Michael J. ReissEmail author
  • Yusef Waghid
  • Sue McNamara
  • Judith D. Chapman


There has been a substantial and continuing growth in recent times in the number, range and types of faith-based schools in countries around the world. This has led to a growing interest in and concern for issues associated with the establishment, values and varying modes of provision and practices of faith-based schools. In this context, policy makers, academics, education professionals and members of the broader community have identified the need for a rigorous analysis of developments in faith-based learning, teaching and leadership. These have included such matters as the educational, historical, social and cultural contexts of such institutions; the conceptions, nature, aims and values of education involved in and adopted by faith-based schools; and an account of current practices and future possibilities arising from and associated with various issues such as the curriculum and its delivery, modes of teaching and learning, and leadership and administration.


Faith-based schools Education policy Education systems Education contexts Teaching and learning Education leadership Education system leadership Faith-based philosophies of education Values education Teacher professional learning Culturally rich and diverse communities Opportunities and challenges in faith-based education 


  1. Badiou, A. (2002). An essay on the understanding of evil. London/New York: Derso.Google Scholar
  2. Conroy, J. C., Lundie, D., Davis, R. A., Baumfield, V., Barnes, L. P., Gallagher, T., Lowden, K., Bourque, N., & Wenell, K. (2013). Does religious education work? A multi-dimensional investigation. New York: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  3. Halstead, J. M., & Reiss, M. J. (2003). Values in sex education: From principles to practice. London: Routledge Falmer.Google Scholar
  4. Haydon, G. (Ed.). (2009). Faith in education: A tribute to Terence McLaughlin. London: Institute of Education, University of London.Google Scholar
  5. Kunzman, R. (2010). Write these laws on your children: Inside the world of conservative Christian homeschooling. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
  6. MacEoin, D. (2009). Music, chess and other sins: Segregation, integration, and Muslim schools in Britain. London: Civitas.Google Scholar
  7. Mason, M. (2006). A better way forward – BHA policy on religion and schools. London: British Humanist Association.Google Scholar
  8. McCulloch, G. (2011). The struggle for the history of education. Abingdon: Routledge.Google Scholar
  9. Müller, F. M. (1873). Introduction to the science of religion: Four lectures delivered at the Royal institution, with two essays, on false analogies, and the philosophy of mythology. London: Longmans/Green and Co.Google Scholar
  10. Miller, D. (1999). Principles of social justice. Harvard: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  11. Nussbaum, M. C. (1997). Cultivating humanity: A classical case of reform in liberal education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  12. OECD. (2013) Trends shaping education 2013. Paris: OECD. Available at
  13. Oldfield, E., Hartnett, L., & Bailey, E. (2013). More than an educated guess: Assessing the evidence on faith schools. London: Theos.Google Scholar
  14. Parker-Jenkins, M., Hartas, D., & Irving, B. A. (2005). In good faith: Schools religion and public funding. Aldershot: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  15. Rorty, R. (1979). Philosophy and the mirror of nature. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Schreiner, P. (2005). Religious education in Europe. Münster: Comenius-Institut. Accessed 26 Sept 2012.Google Scholar
  17. Taylor, C. (1994). Multiculturalism: Examining the politics of recognition. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Reiss
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yusef Waghid
    • 2
  • Sue McNamara
    • 3
  • Judith D. Chapman
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationAustralian Catholic University, BallaratBallaratAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationAustralian Catholic University, MelbourneFitzroy MDCAustralia

Personalised recommendations