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Being a Christian school in the Netherlands: an analysis of 'identity' conceptions and their practical implications

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In the Netherlands 'identity of Christian schools' has become a standard expression in discussions about Christian schools. However, it is a rather abstract and general expression and it is reasonable to assume that a closer look at literature and practice will present us with a more diverse picture of its meaning and practical implications. This article describes an empirical study, in three Protestant primary schools, into conceptions of 'identity of Christian schools' and the practical implications of these conceptions. It compares the ideas and practices of the teachers with each other and with Dutch academic literature on Christian schools. The comparisons illustrate that the interpretation of the religious dimension of 'identity' has most influence on ideas about the aims and practices of a Christian school.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Vrije University, Hendrik Pierson Chair for Christian Education, Van der Boechorstraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands University of Glasgow, Faculty of Education, Department of Religious Education, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH, UK Associate Professor in Philosophy of Education and Hendrik Pierson Professor for Christian Education, Department of Philosophy and History of Education, Vrije University, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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