The purpose of Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education Project sponsored by the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Queensland Catholic Education Offices, the Sisters of Mercy, Edmund Rice Education and the Presentation Sisters in partnership with Australian Catholic University was to bring a Catholic perspective to the general school curriculum that complements Religious Education and the religious life of the school.
This project was led by Dr. Jim Gleeson, the inaugural Professor of Identity of Identity and Curriculum at ACU, collated and conducted research that informed the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative approaches to the integration of a Catholic perspective across the curriculum. School-based action research to establish the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating Catholic social teaching across a wide range of learning areas was the primary goal and activity of the project.
Main project activities
Establishing base-line data through:
an electronic survey of the relevant opinions and practices of teachers and school leaders in Queensland Catholic schools;
in-depth interviews with a sample of volunteer survey respondents to illuminate the survey findings
Enquiry-based action research with volunteer teachers to establish the feasibility of integrating a Catholic perspective across the formal school curriculum. Preparation of case reports on schools where key principles of Catholic Social Teaching are already being integrated across the curriculum
Networking with relevant international agencies, groups and individuals.
Conducting longitudinal research with ACU student teachers.