1st Edition

Religious Education
A Conceptual and Interdisciplinary Approach for Secondary Level

ISBN 9780415478748
Published April 14, 2010 by Routledge
234 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The role of Religious Education in secondary schools is the subject of national and international debate. This book examines the current debates surrounding RE and puts forward a new approach to teaching the subject that is non-faith based and focused on conceptual enquiry and the development of a clear pedagogy. The book is based on the Living Difference learning model developed in Hampshire and adopted in other parts of the UK, which is sparking international discussion and provides an effective approach to implementing the new secondary curriculum.

The chapters include examinations of:

  • religious education and the curriculum
  • an interdisciplinary approach to religious education
  • the significance of pedagogy and learners’ development
  • planning, progression, assessment and delivery
  • specific case studies and examples of good practice in schools
  • theoretical grounding and the future of RE
  • the effects of globalisation, post-modernity and multiculturalism.

Providing a basis for developing thinking about Religious Education, its place in the curriculum and how it can be delivered effectively in schools, this book is essential reading for tutors, students and teachers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Health and Prospects of Religious Education  Part I: Contextualising Religious Education  1. Religion and education in the modern world  2. Religious education: an analysis of its historical and contemporary significance  3. Pedagogy in approaches to the study of religion and religious education  Part II: Living Difference - An Approach Through Conceptual Enquiry  4. A methodology for conceptual enquiry in religious education  5. Living difference: curriculum, progression, planning  6. Case studies in religious literacy  7. Interpreting worldviews  Part III: The Future for Education and RE  8. Worldview analysis and the future of religious education  9. Interdisciplinary education

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Clive Erricker was until recently Hampshire County Inspector for Religious Education and History Strategy Manager. Prior to that he was a Lecturer in Religious Education at University College Chichester for over a decade. He began his career teaching English and religious education in secondary schools.