Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, 3rd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School

A Companion to School Experience, 3rd Edition

Edited by Philip L Barnes, L. Philip Barnes


240 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: The context of Religious Education 1 The aims and purpose of RE2 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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
RELIGION / Education