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RELIGIOUS TRADITION AND STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN POLISH CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: DEVELOPING A PRIVATE EDUCATION SECTOR

Tatiana Vlasova (tavlasova@yandex.ru)

Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russia

Citation: Vlasova T. (2017) Religioznaya traditsiya i obrazovatel'nyye uspekhi uchenikov v pol'skikh katolicheskikh shkolakh: faktory razvitiya negosudarstvennogo sektora obrazovaniya [Religious tradition and students’ academic success in Polish catholic schools: developing a private education sector]. Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsialnoy antropologii [The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology], 20(3): 95–110 (in Russian). https://doi.org/10.31119/jssa.2017.20.3.5

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Abstract. The ways of post-socialist transformation in the Central and Eastern European countries have promoted diverse forms of the educational institutions. Paper presents the results of a qualitative sociological research that analyses the academic success of Catholic schools in Poland. The most part of private educational institutions in modern Poland are Catholic schools. When parents choose school for their children, they evaluate the quality of education. An increasing number of Catholic schools indicate importance of the Catholic values for middle class families. Sociological research was based on interviews with teachers and principals in Catholic schools in Warsaw and Gdansk (November 2015 — April 2016). Sociological analysis of school interactions with the family and the local community was focused on a broader consideration of education in terms of its openness and public accountability. Polish society, families and communities represents a complex configuration of heterogeneous values.

In field of education the most important value is idea of Christian personalism. It is embodied in patterns which are oriented towards the family needs. Preference of educational characteristics for parents is compatible with goals of religious education. Main purpose for catholic schools is to contribute the creation of friendly-to-children environment educational institutions. An important element of the educational program in Catholic schooling is the integration of young people into religious communities and Catholic public associations. Due to the effect of the intergenerational closure described by J. Coleman, social capital is transferred to young generation and converted into the academic success of students of the Catholic schools.

Keywords: sociology of education, catholic schools, social capital, religious tradition, Poland

Acknowledgements

This project was supported by Erasmus Mundus Aurora

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