Ashley Rowland | June 7, 2018
More than 40 scholars and educators from around the world took part last month in a conference in Rome on Catholic education, marking the first major initiative of the Kellogg Institute’s research cluster on international education.
Global Catholic Education and Integral Human Development: Setting a Social Science Research Agenda, held April 25-27, included practitioners and researchers from East Africa, India, Bangladesh, Australia, Latin America, Europe, and the US.
“The idea was to set a research agenda – what is the current state of knowledge in the field, what are the questions we should be examining, and who we might be partnering with in doing the research on the ground,” said Paolo Carozza, the Kellogg Institute’s director.
The conference was sponsored by Kellogg and the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and was supported by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Congregation for Catholic Education, whose prefect, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, delivered opening remarks on the importance of the new research initiative.
Topics addressed during the conference included the accessibility and impact of Catholic education in the developing world and – something that varied from country to country – state support for those schools. Attendees included political scientists and researchers in educational policy.
“We looked at policy and governance structures, to understand ways in which states are providing the right context for Catholic education to flourish, and ways in which policy and governance and structures might be impeding or restricting Catholic education,” Carozza said.
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