A Research Report on the 2005 Religious Observance Guidelines in Scotland
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Gilfillan, P., Aitken, E. & Phipps, A. (2012) A Research Report on the 2005 Religious Observance Guidelines in Scotland, British Journal of Religious Education, , , pp. 01-Dec,
This article gives a brief overview of the place of religious observance RO) within Scotland's non-denominational state school sector, and the background to recent changes in educational thinking and government policy which led to new guidelines being introduced in 2005. The article reports on a study conducted in 2008 into the reception of the new RO guidelines and their implementation within three primary schools and one secondary school in a local authority area, together with empirical data from each of the four case studies and interview extracts from head teachers, RO practitioners and pupils. The article then highlights some problems arising from the new guidelines and suggests some areas for future empirical research.