Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School draws together insights from current educational theory and the best contemporary classroom teaching and learning, and suggests tasks, activities, and further reading designed to enhance the quality of initial school experience for the student teacher.
It aims to support teachers in developing levels of religious and theological literacy, both of individual pupils and the society as a whole. Practising teachers and students will appreciate this comprehensive and accessible introduction to the craft of teaching Religious Education in the secondary school.
'Anyone who embarks on the difficult journey towards qualified teacher status needs a good guidebook ... Their Companion is a valuable resource ... There is a careful balance ... between the intellectual demands of current educational theory and sound contemporary classroom practice. It is encouraging to note that three of the contributors in the classroom issues section are practising teachers whose case studies and tasks draw on their own experience. The coverage of key issues is carefully structured.' - The Times Educational Supplement
'This very useful book successfully blends theory, history, critical reflection and suggestions for practice ... is intended primarily for students on secondary PGCE courses. However, it will also be useful for mentors, tutors and newly qualified teachers as well as experienced RE practitioners to update them on recent developments across a wide area of subject concerns. Given the financial constraints experienced by many schools ... this text could be a very valuable resource for professional development within a school or a cluster of schools.' - Ian Hartland, RESource, The Journal of the Professional Council for Religious Education