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The Role of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory





ISBN 9780367784102
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
262 Pages

 
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Book Description

This timely book focusses on the central issues and questions which emerge in relation to the teaching and learning of Islam in confessional and constructivist religious education. Considering the consequences of a lack of diversity in the Islamic Religious Education curriculum, the text also explores the challenges faced by Muslim pupils in connection with secularism and radical Islam.



Through rich analysis of research carried out across Muslim and public secondary schools in the UK, this book develops a meaningful pedagogy of Islamic Religious Education. In particular, the volume investigates the benefits of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory frameworks on student learning in Religious Education classrooms and illustrates how these didactic frameworks can help to ameliorate distinct problems seen across Islamic Religious Education. Chapters identify discrete pedagogical issues that arise in the confessional and constructivist approaches to Islamic Education, such as students’ difficulties in relating to concept of Islam, and progressive approaches taken in public schools. In addressing these, the text proposes a new theoretical and pedagogical approach to the teaching of Islam, which draws on the philosophy of Critical Realism, the theories of Critical Religious Education, and Variation Theory.



This book will be of great interest to postgraduate students, researcher scholars and academics in the fields of religion and education and Islamic studies. In addition, it will be of interest to social equity professionals and public policy decision makers.

Table of Contents

List of tables



Acknowledgements



Chapter 1



Introduction



Problems of teaching Islam in confessional and constructivist religious education



Absence of diversity in the Islamic Religious Education curriculum



A new theoretical and pedagogical approach to Islamic Religious Education



The aim of the study



Structure of the book



Chapter 2



Critical Realism and Islam



Critical Realism



Religion, God and Critical Realism



Critical Realism as applied to Islam



Critical Realism as ‘underlabouring’ Islamic Religious Education



Chapter 3



Applying the Framework of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory to Islamic Religious Education



Critical Religious Education



Phenomenography



Variation Theory



Learning Study Model



Chapter 4



Research Methodology



Research Approach



Implementaion of learning studies



Sampling of research participants



Data collection tools



Data analysis



Ethical considerations and trustworthiness of the study



Reflexivity



Chapter 5



Implementation of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory in RE lessons: A learning study on ‘Islam and being a Muslim’



The first lived object of learning



The intended object of learning



The enacted object of learning



The second lived object of learning



Chapter 6



Implementation of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory in RE lessons: A learning study on ‘equality in Islam’



The first lived object of learning



The intended object of learning



The enacted object of learning



The second lived object of learning



Chapter 7



RE teachers’ pedagogical perceptions and practices before and during the learning study



Theoretical background



Themes



Chapter 8



Discussion and Conclusion



Summary and discussion of the findings



The theoretical and pedagogical implications for Islamic Religious Education



Limitations of the study



Future research



Concluding remarks



Appendices



Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Ayse Demirel Ucan is Researcher in the Religious Education Department at Marmara University, Turkey.