Peer Culture and School Culture Theory: Implications for Educational Ministry With Children

From: Volume 4NS, Issue 1: Spring 2000 Pages 57-76


What is it like to be a child, to experience daily life as a child? The author spent four months observing and interviewing children in the hallways of a public elementary school of over six hundred students. The article makes careful differentiation between school culture (controlled by teachers ) and peer culture (controlled by students). After presenting the findings, the article discusses the implication of awareness of peer culture and student culture for educational ministries. Because there is conflict between the culture imposed by the institution and the culture of the children within the institution, teachers and those responsible for children in the church must be aware of the differences in the cultures because these differences are important to children.



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