2nd Edition

Religious Education in the Secondary School An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and the World Religions

By James Holt Copyright 2022
    360 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Religious Education in the Secondary School is a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the effective teaching of Religious Education (RE) in the secondary classroom. Acknowledging the highly valuable yet often misunderstood contribution of RE, this text shows how the subject can be taught in a way that explores the impact of religion on the lives of people and society, engaging pupils and preparing them to become individuals who celebrate and respect diversity.

    This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes a new chapter on ‘Religion and Worldviews’ and new material on the development and assessment of an RE curriculum. It is illustrated throughout with ideas for teaching at different key stages and offers expert chapters introducing you to both the World Religions and the core aspects of effective teaching and learning. With an emphasis on developing an understanding of the importance – and different ways – of meeting the learning needs of all pupils, key chapters cover:

    • The nature of Religious Education.

    • What is religion and worldviews?

    • Understanding different pedagogies of RE.

    • Effective planning and assessment.

    • An approach to teaching across the Key Stages.

    • Core subject knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

    Written by an experienced teacher, teacher educator and examiner, Religious Education in the Secondary School is a succinct compendium and has a real classroom applicability offering all trainee RE teachers, as well as those teaching Religious Education as specialists or non-specialists, a wealth of support and inspiration.

    Part I Introduction to Religious Education  1. What is Religious Education?  2. Religions and Worldviews  3. Pedagogies of RE?  Part II Planning in Religious Education  4. Assessment and RE  5. Planning and RE  6. Inclusion and RE  Part III Teaching and Learning in Religious Education  7. Effective Teaching and Learning in RE  8. Teaching Buddhism  9. Teaching Christianity  10. Teaching Hinduism  11. Teaching Islam  12. Teaching Judaism  13. Teaching Sikhism  Index


    James D. Holt is Associate Professor of Religious Education at the University of Chester, UK.