The Effective Teaching of Religious Education provides an accessible yet intellectually rigorous resource for all those involved in the teaching of RE in schools today.
Written with the needs of specialist and non-specialist teachers in mind, in both the primary and secondary sectors, it successfully integrates theory and practice, encouraging debate and reflection on a broad range of issues in what is often regarded as a complex and often controversial subject area.
The second edition has been written with the collaboration of a new co-author, Penny Thompson and has been thoroughly updated, revised and extended to include:
A new chapter on the place of Christianity in RE
New material on the purpose of RE and on the relationship of RE to other subjects
A new Appendix on tackling assessment and syllabus requirements
A new companion website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/watson-thompson including an overview of the use of ICT in RE teaching, web links and practical resources for use in the classroom.
Table of Contents
PART I ROLE OF RE IN SOCIETY TODAY
Chapter 1 The effective teacher of RE
Chapter 2 RE - Erratic boulder?
Chapter 3 Giving religion a chance
PART II WHAT DO WE MEAN BY RELIGION?
Chapter 4 The purpose of RE
Chapter 5 Christianity
Chapter 6 Other world religions
PART III SKILLS FOR UNDERSTANDING
Chapter 7 Concepts and imagination
Chapter 8 Truth-claims and thinking skills
Chapter 9 Interpreting scripture
PART IV EXTENDING THE CURRICULUM
Chapter 10 RE and the rest of the curriculum
Chapter 11 Worship and education
Chapter 12 Encouraging spiritual development
Brenda Watson is the author of several books on education and religion. A former lecturer at Didsbury College of Education, she became Director of the Farmington Institute in Oxford for several years before doing consultancy work.
Penny Thompson taught RE in comprehensive schools on Merseyside in the UK for 15 years. She has taught at tertiary level, at an independent school and in adult education. She has written a book on RE and is the author of many articles on the subject.
Enhancing RE using ICT
Enhancing RE using ICT (relevant to all Chapters)
Websites of interest (relevant to all Chapters)
Sharpening thinking skills
Case-study: Science and religion (relevant to Chapter 3, 8 and 10)
Does God exist? An example of openness in discussion (relevant to Chapter 5)
Games and activities to encourage thinking (relevant to Chapter 8)
Who was Jesus?
Evidence for the historicity of Jesus (relevant to Chapter 5)
An interesting quotation: Dorothy Sayers (relevant to Chapter 5)
Teaching the concept of God
How God is understood in the major world religions (relevant to Chapter 7)
Outline of a scheme of work for approaching the concept of God in the classroom (relevant to Chapter 7)
Using the imagination to develop thinking about God (relevant to Chapter 7)
Interpreting the bible
Worksheet on the giving of the Jewish Law - Exodus 31:18 (relevant to Chapter 9)
Worksheet on the language of the gospels (relevant to Chapter 9)
An exercise for pupils on the resurrection of Jesus (relevant to Chapter 9)
Worship-enabling assemblies (relevant to Chapter 11)
Spirituality in education
Spirituality in education (relevant to Chapter 12)
Assessment in RE
Assessment in RE (relevant to Appendix)