Management summary research study „Translating secular-religious divide: everyday negotiation of Christian distinctiveness in Catholic schools in the Czechia and Slovakia
The aim of the study was to describe how is christan distinctiveness of church schools constructed in interactions of various actors. The findings point out that the disctinctiveness of each church school is constructed with a cautious interpretation of its surroundings (eg. how Christianity is perceived in the region, what is acceptable/not-acceptable), the unique story of the school and the authentic expression of management and tearchers‘ religiosity.
Negotiations of this distinctiveness of church school were not influences by the incumbents at the time of the research. This allow plurality of identities of church school which is according to the study the corner stone of its success in the Czech and Slovak education systems. The incumbents should, according to this study, avoid imposing identities from above (for example in the form of strategic documents). The study advices the incumbents to prepare the strategic documents in a participatory process and consider the variations among church schools.
Target groups of stakeholders: incumbents of church schools, directors of church schools
Citation: Lukeš Rybanská, I., & Spalová, B. (2021). Translating secular-religious divide: Everyday negotiation of Christian distinctiveness in Catholic schools in the Czechia and Slovakia. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2021.1982560