A. What do teachers and school leaders in Queensland Catholic schools think about the relationship between identity and curriculum?
Two complementary approaches are being employed to address this question.
An electronic survey, designed in collaboration with representatives of the five Queensland Catholic Education Offices, to establish teachers’
reasons for working in Catholic education,
self-ratings of their knowledge of Catholic teaching
perceptions of the purposes of Catholic schools
perceptions of the identity and characteristics of Catholic schools
opinions regarding the planned integration of a Catholic perspective into the formal curriculum
practices regarding the planned integration of a Catholic perspective into the formal curriculum
confidence and willingness to integrate a Catholic perspective across the curriculum in a planned way.
The survey instrument was circulated electronically, using Qualtrics software, in March 2014 to 6,832 teachers and subsequently administered in hard copy format at staff meetings in approximately 50 schools. Complete responses were received from 2287 teachers, representing a response rate of 33.5%. See draft teacher report (PDF, 756KB)
Interviews with volunteer teachers and school leaders to illuminate the survey findings with particular reference to the questions of curriculum and identity. Nineteen interviews have been completed to date. See draft report (PDF, 81KB)
B. What relevant examples of good practice are available?
Links are being developed with the Institute for Catholic Education, Ontario; Catholic Educational Leadership Program, University of San Francisco; London Institute; University of Glasgow and Catholic Schools Partnership, Ireland
Two case reports on the integration of Catholic Social Teaching principles across the curriculumhave been prepared to date.
Study of teachers' perceptions of their roles vis-a-vis moral/ethics education in Catholic schools in Australia and Ireland; findings were presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, April, 2014.