Religion in Education

Innovation in International Research

Edited by Joyce Miller, Kevin O'Grady, Ursula McKenna

© 2013 – Routledge

220 pages

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Hardback: 9780415659499
pub: 2013-03-20
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About the Book

This volume explores numerous themes (including the influence of ethnography on religious education research and pedagogy, the interpretive approach to religious education, the relationship between research and classroom practice in religious education), providing a critique of contemporary religious education and exploring the implications of this critique for initial and continuing teacher education.


'This book is relevant for the European reader who is concerned about RE. However, anyone can take away some lessons related to how teachers should deal with religion when it comes up either through the curriculum or because of world events.' - Thomas Lamborn, Journal of Education and Christian Belief

Table of Contents

1. Robert Jackson and Warwick Research: an Introduction Kevin O’Grady, Ursula McKenna and Joyce Miller Part 1: Ethnography, Religion and Education 2. Ethnography, Religious Education and The Fifth Cup Eleanor Nesbitt 3. Muslim Education and the Hifz Process: Some Images and Issues Bill Gent 4. State-funded Muslim Schools: Stakeholders and Legitimacy in the UK Context Damian Breen 5. Diversity and Citizenship – In a Context of Islamophobia Sissel Ostberg 6. “Very Sad, But It Works”: One Pupil’s Assessment Career in Religious Education Part 2: Student Perspectives 6. Religious Education Influencing Students’ Attitudes: A Threat to Freedom? Olga Schihalejev 7. The Language of Inter Faith Encounter among Inner City Primary School Children Julia Ipgrave 8. "Very Sad, But it Works": One Pupil’s Assessment Career in Religious Education Nigel Fancourt Part 3: RE and Pedagogy 9. Religious Extremism, Religious Education and the Interpretive Approach Joyce Miller 10. Action Research and the Interpretive Approach to Religious Education Kevin O’Grady 11. The Interpretive Approach and Bridging the ‘Theory-Practice Gap’: Action Research with Student Teachers of Religious Education in England Judith Everington 12. "Can You Be a Muslim and Not Believe in God?" How Fluid or Solid Are Religions? Introducing Viscosity to the Interpretive Approach Lars Laird Iversen Part 4: Theoretical Perspectives 13. Comparative Studies in RE: The Issue of Methodology Oddrun M. H. Bråten 14. Reflections on the Future of Religion in Education Joyce Miller, Kevin O’Grady and Ursula McKenna

About the Editors

Joyce Miller is an Associate Fellow at the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit at the University of Warwick.

Ursula McKenna is a part-time Research Fellow in Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit based in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick, England. Kevin O’Grady is Faculty Leader for Religious Education, Personal, Health and Social Education, Citizenship and Careers at Aston Academy and Associate Fellow in the Warwick Religious and Education Research Unit.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Education

The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
RELIGION / Education