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Bibles in State schools

Bibles in State schools PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the work of the Bible in State Schools League in Queensland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, culminating in the 1910 referendum on religious education in Queensland government schools. Through examining its campaign and the statements of supporters and opponents this paper seeks to examine the role of the school in relation to morality in this early period of the Queensland history.Design/methodology/approachThis paper draws upon archival material, parliamentary debates, materials published by the Bible in State Schools League and contemporaneous newspaper accounts. These data are thematically analysed.FindingsThere was widespread agreement within the early Queensland society that the school was a place for moral formation. The Bible in State Schools League highlighted the tensions in the relationship between morals and religion in relation to the school.Research limitations/implicationsThis research problematises the notion that developments in education have followed a straight line from religiosity to secularisation.Originality/valueVery little has been published to date about the Queensland Bible in State Schools League. This paper goes some way to filling this lacuna. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

Bibles in State schools

History of Education Review , Volume 47 (1): 9 – Jun 4, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0819-8691
DOI
10.1108/HER-07-2016-0029
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the work of the Bible in State Schools League in Queensland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, culminating in the 1910 referendum on religious education in Queensland government schools. Through examining its campaign and the statements of supporters and opponents this paper seeks to examine the role of the school in relation to morality in this early period of the Queensland history.Design/methodology/approachThis paper draws upon archival material, parliamentary debates, materials published by the Bible in State Schools League and contemporaneous newspaper accounts. These data are thematically analysed.FindingsThere was widespread agreement within the early Queensland society that the school was a place for moral formation. The Bible in State Schools League highlighted the tensions in the relationship between morals and religion in relation to the school.Research limitations/implicationsThis research problematises the notion that developments in education have followed a straight line from religiosity to secularisation.Originality/valueVery little has been published to date about the Queensland Bible in State Schools League. This paper goes some way to filling this lacuna.

Journal

History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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