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Northern Ireland is a unique country within the United Kingdom, having a complex and highly contested cultural and civic identity. Religion plays a specific defining role within this context. While it has been argued that the Northern Ireland conflict was not religious (Barnes, 2005), religion as a social identity marker, nevertheless plays a defining role in where people live, work, socialise and are educated. Religious Education and collective worship in schools have become the elephant in the room, under-researched and under-addressed in the post-conflict narrative. Religious Education has not been a major focus of community relations work or in shared education initiatives. Both historically and contemporarily in many schools there has been little distinction between religious instruction/education and participation in prayers and liturgical practices. Current legislative orders are inherited directives from the 1947 Education Act and the 1986 Education Reform order, which stipulate daily Christian collective worship which is not particular to any religious denomination. Collective worship is largely influenced by the ethos of a school and who is delivering it; there is no inspection or guidance on this process. This lack of direction results in considerable diversity across the sectors in the overall standards and quality of school collective worship.
|Title of host publication||Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools|
|Subtitle of host publication||Religion, Education and Values|
|Editors||Peter Crumper, Alison Mawhinney|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2018|
|Name||Religion, Education and Values|
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Hunter, A. & Richardson, N., 30 Jan 2018, Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: Religion Education and Values. Crumper, P. & Mawhinney, A. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, Vol. 13. p. 277-300 24 p. (Religion, Education and Values).
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