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Catholic schools in the United States : an encyclopedia
Hunt, Thomas C., 1930-2014.
Publication Information:
Westport, Ct. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xii, 802 pages) :bill. ; 27 cm
Volume 1: A-L -- Volume 2: M-Z.


Format :


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LC501 .C3483 2004 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
LC501 .C3483 2004 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Catholic education is a highly successful and effective ministry of the Church. Catholic schools also make a tremendous contribution to civic life in the United States. This encyclopedia relates and analyzes the educational mission of Catholic schools, both secular and religious.

Originally established in the 17th century in Florida and Louisiana, Catholic schools grew to become a mainstay of the American educational system. With over 340 entries by more than 35 contributors, this encyclopedia reveals the full scope and breadth of the establishment and growth of Catholic schools in the United States. It thoroughly covers the American historical and social context, the effects and influence of the Vatican, as well as the specific educational mission, religious and secular, of Catholic Schools. No other volume encompasses the full scope of Catholic schools in the United States. Written with a diverse audience in mind, this comprehensive work will appeal to professionals and parents alike.

Author Notes

THOMAS C. HUNT is Professor, Center for Catholic Education, University of Dayton.

ELLIS A. JOSEPH is Distinguished Service Professor and Dean Emeriturs, School of Education, University of Dayton.

RONALD J. NUZZI a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is director of the ACE Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

While other books have dealt exclusively with the history of Catholic schools or list the institutions, this set provides encyclopedic coverage, including mission and identity, types of institutions, major figures and associations, curriculum, administration, governance, finance, legal questions, and more. Although the encyclopedia is strong on history, it also covers current issues, such as the No Child Left Behind Act. Preceding the A-Z0 portion are two lists of entries, one alphabetical and the other topical. A historical overview of Catholic schools in the U.S. follows, mentioning some of the main movements and controversies, such as attendance by non-Catholics. The second volume has a lengthy bibliography. The 304 alphabetical, signed entries range in length from half a page to nine pages. Each concludes with cross-references and a bibliography. Occasional black-and-white photographs (usually from university collections) illustrate people and events. Coverage seems somewhat uneven. For instance, the entry on the Alliance for Catholic Education (a teacher-preparation organization at the University of Notre Dame, which one of the set's editors directs) is several pages in length. On the other hand, there are no entries on school librarianship or associated organizations, such as the Catholic Library Association or its publication Catholic World0 . There are no separate entries for teaching orders; instead, they are described as a whole in Religious orders of men 0 and Religious orders of women.0 The entry Diversity 0 focuses just on ethnic minorities, ignoring students with special needs. Writing appears to reflect mainstream U.S. Catholic thought. Even though the work is not exhaustive or entirely well balanced, it does provide valuable one-stop information on many aspects of K-12 Catholic education as it is practiced. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. --Lesley Farmer Copyright 2005 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This major compilation of 340 signed articles, edited and written by over 40 academically credentialed contributors (Hunt teaches education at Univ. of Dayton), charts the development of U.S. Catholic schools, from their 17th century beginning in Louisiana and Florida through today, when there are nearly 8000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools with enrollment of almost 2,500,000 students. Alphabetized entries are generally two pages long and treat such topics as people, organizations, statistics, key documents, and law cases. Some black-and-white photos (no list included) are interspersed throughout, and a substantial bibliography and index complete volume two. A "Guide to Related Topics" enhances access, grouping articles under items such as Curriculum, Governance, Learning Styles and Theories, and Moral Education. Bottom Line While neither school libraries nor pre-school/ kindergarten merit articles in this unique work, and the cover image may be off-putting, coverage overall is comprehensive. Controversial issues are not side-stepped and receive objective treatment. Highly recommended for all libraries but especially those catering to Catholic schools.-Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Entries Guide to Related Topics
Historical Overview of Catholic Schools in the United States
Entries A to Z