ERIC Number: EJ1229597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
'Marching at the Speed of the Slowest Man': The Facilitation and Regulation of Student Autonomy in a Pluralist Jewish Day School
Samson, Maxim G. M.
Journal of Jewish Education, v85 n3 p268-292 2019
Faith schools are often perceived as restricting students' autonomy through inculcating a single religious ideology and compelling participation in collective worship. Based on interviews and focus groups with parents, students and senior staff, this article investigates how England's one pluralist Jewish secondary school has, in contrast, attempted to accommodate various forms of Jewish practice and facilitate students' agency to determine their Jewish identities as desired. It reveals that students enjoy opportunities to actively negotiate Judaism, but that their autonomy is not without limits, and issues inherent to pluralism exist in executing an ethos accommodative of diverse, personalized expressions of Jewishness.
Descriptors: Judaism, Religious Education, Personal Autonomy, Religious Factors, Parent Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Day Schools, Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)