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Gerald Grace is renowned internationally for his research and teaching in the areas of Catholic education, spirituality, leadership and effectiveness in faith schooling, and educational policy. In Faith, Mission and Challenge in Catholic Education, Gerald Grace brings together 15 of his key writings in one place. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of his career and contextualises his selection within the development of the field, the chapters cover:

- the interactions of faith, mission and spirituality in the development of Catholic education

- how to replace ideology, polemic and prejudice in discussions about faith-based schooling with evidence-based argument

- understanding the distinctive nature of concepts such as ‘leadership’ and ‘effectiveness’ in faith-based education

- using ‘mission integrity’ as a key concept for the evaluation of contemporary Catholic schooling

- examining the interactions of Catholic values, Catholic curriculum and educational policy developments.

This book not only shows how Gerald Grace’s thinking developed during his career, it also gives an insight into the development of the fields to which he contributed.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Introduction

  1. The Catholic School: The sacred and the secular.
  2. Catholic Schools: the renewal of spiritual capital and the critique of the secular world.
  3. Renewing Spiritual Capital: an urgent priority for the future of Catholic education internationally.
  4. Catholic Schools and the Common Good: what this means in educational practice.
  5. First and Foremost the Church offers its Educational Services to the Poor: class, inequality and Catholic schooling in contemporary contexts.
  6. Educational Studies and Faith-based Schooling: moving from prejudice to evidence based argument.
  7. Making Connections for the Future Directions: taking religion seriously in the sociology of education.
  8. On the International Study of Catholic Education: why we need more systematic scholarship and research.
  9. The Dilemmas of Catholic headteachers.
  10. Realising the Mission: Catholic approaches to School Effectiveness.
  11. Faith School Leadership: a neglected sector of in-service education in the United Kingdom.
  12. The State and Catholic Schooling in England and Wales: politics, ideology and mission integrity.
  13. Mission Integrity: contemporary challenges for Catholic school teachers
  14. Christianity, Modernities and Knowledge.
  15. Catholic Social Teaching should Permeate the Catholic Secondary School Curriculum: an agenda for reform.
  16. Catholic Values and Education Policy.