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Teaching Religion and Science
Effective Pedagogy and Practical Approaches for RE Teachers

ISBN 9780415548205
Published October 12, 2010 by Routledge
152 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Can religion and science co-exist successfully in the classroom? How can you encourage an environment where differing views are treated positively? How do you help students apply their understanding of religious beliefs and scientific theory to a range of ultimate questions?

Teaching Religion and Science aims to give RE teachers a pedagogical foundation for the teaching of religion and science topics, and for the teaching of religion as a whole. It will help you to have confidence to include what might appear to be challenging or controversial topics in your lessons, and provides guidance on how religion and science themes can be effectively addressed using appropriate classroom teaching methods.

Containing a wealth of practical advice to help you turn pedagogical theory into practice effortlessly, it helps you understand your own attitudes to the subject, as well as those of your students, to ensure successful teaching. Essential guidance includes:

  • activities to help you apply pedagogic practices to your own particular classroom situation
  • advice to help minimise potential difficulties whilst tackling controversial issues
  • links to a wide range of resources and advice on further reading
  • comprehensive lesson plans for ages 11-16 and 16-19.

Designed to be a resource for all training and practising R.E. teachers, Teaching Religion and Science offers much needed support for successfully integrating the teaching of religion and science in your classroom.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Teaching of Religion and Science  Part 1: Developing a Pedagogical Framework  2. Why Teach Religion and Science?  3. Understanding Different Attitudes to Religion and Science  4. Developing a Pedagogical Approach  Part 2: Pedagogy in Practice  5. Teaching Religion and Science Themes  6. Teaching Controversial Topics  7. Planning Lessons for Ages 11-16  8. Planning Lessons for Ages 16-19

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Tonie Stolberg is Lecturer in Science and Science Education at the University of Birmingham.

Geoff Teece is Lecturer in Religious Education and Director of Studies for Initial Teacher Education at the University of Birmingham.


'Considers lesson objectives, what teachers ought to know before they go into a classroom, key terms and lesson structures...Should be on the bookshelf of any secondary Religious Education teacher intending to teach about religious belief and modern science.' - Rob Packard, REtoday

'Filled with engaging, provocative and practical ideas - complete with differentiated learning objectives and suggested activities. This excellent material is clearly explained, and careful attention is paid to how pupils may understand and respond to it. This is exactly the kind of help that busy teachers need.' - Hugo Whately, RESource, 2011

'This book is different because here a science educator, Tonie Stolberg, and a religious educator, Dr Geoff Teece, explore together the ways in which these lively global debates around science and religions are refracted into the classroom, and move towards a suggested learning approach that takes the debates seriously, but gives a central place to the intellectual growth of the student doing the learning. The book has a substantial practical section of lesson ideas and plans.' - Lat Blaylock, Editor and Adviser, RE Today, 2011

'The book is useful for a growing number of religious educators wishing to engage scientific findings as a way to enhance their teaching, especially for those in the UK's public schools. More importantly, it is a hopeful sign of ongoing discussion and educational research in the ever-expanding field of religion and science.' - Matt Hoven, Jounral of Religious Education, 2011