This article compares experiences of shared schooling in societies with 2 distinctive traits: first, a history of intercommunity conflict and isolation; and second, a segregated school system. Drawing on Parekh’s (2006) reconceptualisation of multiculturalism, this article analyses issues arising from experiences of intercommunity contact in shared schools in Quebec and Northern Ireland—in one case, bringing Anglophones and Francophones together and, in the other, Protestants and Catholics. Research data from both contexts is drawn upon to reflect on how this experience is lived. The metaphor of a journey is used to capture what it represents for those involved. A need to clarify, recognize, and exploit the potential of shared schooling for the transformation of divided societies is identified.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Diaspora Indigenous and Minority Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
McGlynn, C., Lamarre, P., Montgomery, A., & Laperriere, A. (2009). Journeys into the unknown: shared schooling and social change in Quebec and Northern Ireland. Diaspora Indigenous and Minority Education, 3, 209-225.