Cok Bakker, Ina ter Avest


In the Netherlands the debate on the identity of a school is influenced by the long
and dominant history of a close linking between religious traditions (mainly the
Christian tradition) and the design of the national school system. For almost 100
years, most schools, formally speaking, are so called Christian schools. This is not
an accidental adverb used to indicate some of the Dutch schools, but it has a strong
juridical basis. In recent education a certain discrepancy is experienced between the
formal corporate identity of a school and the actual identity of the school
population. This discrepancy is the central matter of this article. We present two
research projects by which this discrepancy is explored. The key issue seems to be
that in Dutch education there is a strong need for a paradigm shift from a more
deductive to a more inductive reflection on school ethos.

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