Religious Education in Asia: Spiritual Diversity in Globalized Times, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Religious Education in Asia

Spiritual Diversity in Globalized Times, 1st Edition

Edited by Kerry J. Kennedy, John Chi-Kin Lee


224 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The book examines ancient religious traditions and modernity in a globalized Asia that is as much in need of a moral compass as it is economic development. Religious education has been an aspect of many societies over time and irrespective of culture. Yet as globalization advances local values are challenged every day by internationalized discourses and global perspectives. It is this context that provides the rationale for this edited book. It seeks to understand what forms religious education takes in Asian contexts and what role it continues to play. On the one hand, the societies which are the subject of this book reflect ancient religious traditions but on the other they are responsible for a significant portion of the world’s economic development.

The book will appeal to researchers interested in the current state of religious education in Asia, policymakers with responsibility for religious education and teachers who practice religious education on a daily basis. 

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Religion, modernities and education: Contexts for Asia’s religious education, Kerry J. Kennedy & J.C.K. Lee 2. Religious education in China: Religious diversity and citizenship building, Zhenzhou Zhao and Nazim Aman 3.Taiwanese students’ attitudes to religious education and its impact on civic values,Chris Hin Wah Cheung 4. Changing religious education in Hong Kong: Emergence of Madrasah learning, Wai-Yip Ho 5.Religious harmony in Singapore schools: Issues and challenges, Charlene Tan 6. Character education: The future key for developing Indonesian citizens with character, Theodorus Pangalila 7. Religion, ideology and education in Thailand, Thithimadee Arphattananon 8. Leadership quality for an integrated religious school in Malaysia, Umi Kalthom Abdul Manaf 9. On the complexities of current religious education in Korea, Chae Young Kim 10. The mission of evangelization of Catholic educational institutions in the Philippines: Challenges, opportunities and hurdles, Pilar Isidoro Romero 11.Religious education in Bangladesh: History, politics and curriculum, Miron Bhowmik & Goutam Roy 12. Conclusion:Religious education as a regional influence on life and development in Asia, J.C.K. Lee & Kerry J Kennedy

About the Editors

Kerry J. Kennedy is an emeritus professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Advisor (Academic Development) at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is also a distinguished visiting professor in Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg.

John Chi-Kin Lee is Vice President (Academic) and Provost, UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning, Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Director of Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

About the Series

Routledge Series on Life and Values Education

The current world order so often seems fixated on economic growth at all costs, rising and self-interested nationalism, rampant individualism, environmental minimalism and declining support for authentic inclusion and democracy based on mutual trust, respect and dialogue. This Book Series takes an alternative view of life primarily as a meaning making activity. It focuses on the education of young people’s spiritual and religious engagement. It does so using a cross cultural approach drawing on the diverse traditions found in Asia while recognizing the importance of Western traditions that have also been significant in the region and beyond. Blending this diverse range of influences, books in the Series explore the way religious and spiritual dimensions of life are adopted, integrated and practiced by schools and their communities. By so doing, it seeks to highlight an important and too often neglected dimension of life and living.

The Book Series adopts pluralistic and dialectical approaches to life and values education primarily, although not exclusively, situated in diversified Asian societies which cover moral education, religious and spirituality education, citizenship education as well as other kinds of values education such as education for sustainability and peace education and issues related to lifelong learning. Books will:

  1. Enhance the academic dialogues within and across different Asian societies with diverse religious, philosophical and socio-cultural traditions
  2. Consolidate approaches, strategies, experiences and challenges in implementing life and values educations under Asians context and with an international perspective
  3. Suggest forward-looking agendas in research and development in life and values education.

Editorial Board
Marvin W Berkowitz, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
Jianjun Feng, Nanjing Normal University, China
Rob Freathy, University of Exeter, UK
David Hansen, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Helen Haste, University of Bath, UK
Stefan Huber, University of Bern, Switzerland
Terence Lovat, University of Newcastle, Australia
Fethi Mansouri, Deakin University, Australia
Andrew Peterson, University of Birmingham, UK
Johannes H.C. Sun, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Kirsi Tirri, University of Helsinki, Finland
Wiel Veugelers, University of Humanistic Studies, The Netherlands
Tianlong Yu, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Secondary