What price harmony? Teachers' methods of delivering an ethos of tolerance and respect for diversity in an integrated school in Northern Ireland

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    Abstract

    The aim of the paper is to explore teachers’ methods of delivering an ethos of tolerance, respect
    and mutual understanding in one integrated secondary school in Northern Ireland. Drawing on
    interviews with teachers in the school, it is argued that most teachers make ‘critical choices’
    which both reflect and reinforce a ‘culture of avoidance’, whereby politically or religiously contentious
    issues are avoided rather than explored. Although teachers are well-intentioned in making
    these choices, it is shown that they have the potential to create the conditions that maintain or even
    harden psychological boundaries between Catholics and Protestants rather than dilute them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-16
    Number of pages14
    JournalEducational Research
    Volume46 (1)
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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