Religious Education holds a unique place within the state education system. Yet, the teaching of RE has often been criticised for its tendency to present simplified and stereotypical representations of religions. Bringing together the theory of metacognition with RE curriculum content, this book offers a coherent and theoretically supported approach to RE and beyond that is applicable to a range of subjects and students of various age groups.
Metacognition, Worldviews and Religious Education seeks to support teachers in creating a new and exciting classroom approach. With a focus on putting children and teachers’ worldviews back on the RE agenda and developing awareness of these through metacognitive processes, it includes
Co-authored by three researchers from Exeter University and one experienced advanced skills RE primary school teacher, this book explains in a jargon free way the theories of metacognition and worldviews which underpin the creation of a unique learning environment, making it an essential read for students, experienced teachers, researchers in RE and anyone interested in taking a thinking skills approach to pedagogy.
Acknowledgements – to the schools, children, researchers we have worked with.
About the Authors – list of main authors and summary of their backgrounds
Introduction – Author Rob Freathy
Chapter 1: Creating a metacognitive environment – Author Shirley Larkin
Chapter 2: Meta-thinking zone - Author Shirley Larkin
Teacher interlude 1: Creating a meta-thinking zone in my RE classroom (Helen)
Chapter 3: The worldview zone - Author Rob Freathy
Teacher Interlude 2: Promoting children’s views of the world (Jeanette)
Chapter 4: Resources zone and lesson planning –Author Jonathan Doney
Chapter 5: A practitioner’s approach – Author Giles Freathy
Teacher Interlude 3: A teacher’s view of using the lessons (Cari)
Chapter 6: The project and assessment – Author Jonathan Doney
Teacher Interlude 4: Teachers’ views of being involved in RE-flect
Chapter 7: Pupils and teachers developing metacognition – Author Shirley Larkin
Chapter 8: Conclusion – Author Rob Freathy