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Division, diversity and vision - challenges for religion in education: a case-study from Northern Ireland
Presenter: Dr Norman Richardson MBE
Over ninety per cent of children in Northern Ireland attend schools that are separate according to their `perceived religious identity'. Many observers have detected strong links between separate education and the conflicted society for which Northern Ireland has become well known, though the debate about the place of religion in schooling continues to evoke very strong views on all sides.In recent years the impact on education of traditional `Catholic-Protestant' divisions has been intensified by the experience of a growth in wider religious and ethnic diversity. Research suggests that many schools are unsure of how to respond to division and diversity in culture and religion, presenting particular challenges to the teaching of intercultural education, Religious Education and related pastoral matters. In this paper, he explores the impact of some of these issues and offers reflections on possible ways forward.
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