Teaching Religious Literacy to Combat Religious Bullying
Insights from North American Secondary Schools
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This text explores the phenomenon of religious bullying as it manifests in two North American contexts, and theorizes religious literacy as a viable school-based intervention to promote understanding of religious and non-religious difference.
Using substantive, qualitative data from schools in California and Quebec, Teaching Religious Literacy to Combat Religious Bullying examines the impact of mandatory religious literacy courses delivered in secondary schools, and identifies curricula, teacher attitudes, training, and administrative support as key determinants of course impact. Drawing on Bronfenbrenner’s social-ecological framework, the text then illustrates how the environmental factors both in and outside of the school considerably influence teacher and student attitudes to religious and non-religious traditions. Practical recommendations are made to combat overarching societal trends and religious discrimination within the classroom, and context is cited as key to an effective discussion on religious literacy more broadly.
This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in religious literacy, religious education, the sociology of education, and those looking at the field of bullying and truancy more widely. Those interested in intersectionality, marginalised communities, secularism, and educational policy will also benefit from the volume.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How I Came to These Questions
Chapter 2: Grounding the Discussion: A Space for Religious Identities and Religious Understanding
Chapter 3: Religious bullying: Why Should We Care?
Chapter 4: Religious literacy: Why Does It Matter?
Chapter 5: Context matters: Past and Present Influences in Quebec and California
Chapter 6: Methodology and Timing Matter: North American Politics from 2016 to 2017
Chapter 7: Findings: Modesto, California
Chapter 8: Findings: Montreal, Quebec
Chapter 9: Yes, Religious Literacy Can Inform Religious Bullying, Positively and Negatively
Chapter 10: What This Means for You: Recommendations
W. Y. Alice Chan is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL). Dr Chan completed her PhD at McGill University, Canada.