3rd Edition

Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School A Companion to School Experience

Edited By L. Philip Barnes Copyright 2018
    262 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The third edition of 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. This third edition has all new content and contributors, which take account of recent developments in the subject.

    Key themes addressed include:

    • the aims and place of religious education in the curriculum;
    • recent policy developments;
    • developing lesson plans and schemes of work;
    • the role of language and talk in religious education;
    • spirituality and spiritual development;
    • assessment in religious education;
    • religious education at both Key Stage 4 and at A Level;
    • religion education in relation to moral education;
    • the role of computers;
    • inclusion;
    • professional development.

    Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School is designed to provide student teachers with a comprehensive and accessible introduction to teaching religious education in the secondary school.

    Introduction Part I: The context of Religious Education 1 The aims and purpose of RE 2 Religious Education policy across the United Kingdom Part II: Teaching and learning 3 Lesson planning 4 Talk and teaching Part III: Classroom issues 5 The role of language in Religious Education 6 Assessment in Religious Education 7 Learning to Teach Religious Education at Key Stage 4 8 Teaching GCE A Level Religious Studies 9 Inclusion and Religious Education Part IV: Religious Education and the whole school 10 Spirituality and spiritual development 11 Religious Education and moral education 12 Using computers to teach Religious Education Part V: Supporting professional development 13 The new Religious Education teacher and professional development


    L. Philip Barnes is Emeritus Reader in Religious and Theological Education at King’s College London. He has been Head of Department in both secondary and grammar schools in Northern Ireland and director of the MA in Religious Education and the Doctorate in Theology and Ministry at King’s. His recent publications include Education, Religion and Diversity: Developing a New Model of Religious Education (2014); (with Andrew Davis and J. Mark Halstead) Religious Education: Educating for Diversity (2015); and (with James Arthur) Education and Religion (2016), a four-volume edited collection.