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Teaching Religious Education Creatively

1st Edition

Edited by Sally Elton-Chalcraft


180 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Teaching Religious Education Creatively offers a brand new approach for the primary classroom and is crammed full of innovative ideas for bringing the teaching of RE to life. It helps teachers understand what constitutes a healthy curriculum that will encourage children to appreciate and understand different belief systems. Perhaps most importantly, it also challenges teachers to understand RE as a transformatory subject that offers children the tools to be discerning, to work out their own beliefs and answer puzzling questions.

Underpinned by the latest research and theory and with contemporary, cutting-edge practice at the forefront, expert authors emphasise creative thinking strategies and teaching creatively. Key topics explored include:

    • What is creative teaching and learning?
    • Why is it important to teach creatively and teach for creativity?
    • What is Religious Education?
    • Why is it important for children to learn ‘about’ and ‘from’ religion?
    • How can you teach non-biased RE creatively as a discrete subject and integrate it with other curriculum areas? 

Teaching Religious Education Creatively is for all teachers who want to learn more about innovative teaching and learning in RE in order to improve understanding and enjoyment and transform their own as well as their pupil’s lives.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lat Blaylock Section 1: Teaching RE Creatively: Aims and Principles 1. What, Why and How Sally Elton-Chalcraft 2.Creative Learning About and From Religion Geoff Teece Section 2: Creative Approaches in RE 3.Creative Thinking and Dialogue Georgia Prescott 4.Creative Skills and Srategies in RE and the Humanities Penny Hollander 5.Engaging Children Creatively Fiona Moss 6. Experiential Learning John Hammond and Sally Elton-Chalcraft 7.Interfaith Dialogue: The Creator in the Classroom Julia Ipgrave 8.Spiritual Development through Creative RE Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Penny Hollander and Gergia Prescott 9. Music and Art in RE Carrie Mercier and Siobhan Dowling Long Section 3: Covering Controversial Issues Creatively 10. Creatively Widening the Scope of RE Sally Elton-Chalcraft 11. Islamophobia, Religious Education and Creativity Lynn Revell 12. A Creative approach tp RE and Community Cohesion John Hammond

About the Editor

Sally Elton-Chalcraft is Reader in Education at the University of Cumbria, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary