Religious segregation and teacher education in Northern Ireland

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    This paper surveys the extent of religious segregation in teacher education in Northern Ireland and notes that there are elements of separation within a general context of (increasing) common teacher education. With reference to liberal and communitarian theories the case for separate teacher education is considered. It is acknowledged that a case can be made for forms of separate teacher education in a liberal society but that certain limits or expectations should apply. A common teacher education is found to be desirable but it is suggested that in order to justify its dominant status in a plural environment it must be accommodating of religion, encourage dialogical engagement around concepts of shared fate and cultivate a sense of community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalResearch Papers in Education
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2010


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