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Current CRDCE Research Projects

MA in Catholic School Leadership: Student Perspectives While Studying as a full distance learner 

Academic: Dr David Fincham

Currently there are more than 50 full Distance Learning engaged in the Programme. This research enquiry is exploring the personal reflections of those who have successfully completed the course. The intention is to interpret the benefits and limitations of studying as Full Distance Learners as expressed by the students.

Renewing Spiritual Capital in Schools: Conceptual Clarifications and Empirical Investigations

Academic: Dr John Lydon

This project will explore the extent to which spiritual capital is a critical issue for contemporary Catholic schools and it will consider ways in which such capital may be strengthened within Catholic school communities.

The project consists of two parts. In Part 1, various conceptual clarifications will be made of the central concept, 'spiritual capital' and these will be compared with related concepts such as culture, ethos, charism and theological literacy.

In Part 2, an empirical investigation will be undertaken to attempt to assess the extent to which the building of spiritual capital among teachers contributes to improvements in student learning experiences.