The Social and Historical Context of Christian Schooling

EDU574 │ Elective Subject │ 10 credit points


This subject investigates the history and philosophy underpinning Christian schooling, particularly Christian Education National (CEN) schools. Examining the reasons and purposes behind the establishment of Christian schools in Australia can give students a deeper appreciation for the vision and values that lie at the heart of Christian schools and equip them to better fulfil their roles in these schools.


  • EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education
  • EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of the history and philosophy that underpins Christian education.
  2. Critically analyse and appraise the distinctive features of Christian schooling both nationally and internationally.
  3. Articulate the vision and core values of Christian schooling of the Christian Education National (CEN) movement.
  4. Examine and evaluate school documents and practices for congruence with core values and school vision.
  5. Critically reflect on the opportunities and challenges involved in maintaining foundational values in changing educational and social contexts.


Critical Reflective Pieces20%
Critical Analysis40%
Research Report40%

Subject content

  1. The Early History of Christian Schooling in Australia
  2. The Development of Christian Parent-Controlled (CEN) Schools
  3. Other Models of Distinctively Christian Schooling in Australia and
  4. Maintaining Vision and Values
  5. Christian Schooling in the Current Social Context
  6. Investigating another Model of Christian Schooling

Prescribed text and reading materials

There is no set text.

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.