ERIC Number: ED059126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Religious Education in Secondary Schools.
Schools Council, London (England).
The overall objective of this working paper, developed by the Schools Council Project on Religious Education (RE) is to encourage curriculum research and development. The specific objective is to examine the nature of RE and related issues, raising questions for public discussion and commentary feedback to the project. Part one looks at RE by: 1) raising questions among educators as to why RE is necessary in schools today and what its role should be in the future; 2) examining prevailing RE approaches in the light of recent writings and research done in this field; 3) identifying the major aims and objectives of RE, necessary for designing methods and content; 4) showing awareness of the many possibilities of interdisciplinary methods; 5) considering the RE needs of the minority and non-Christian groups; 6) analyzing the relationship between RE education and moral education; and, 7) realizing that the difficulty of material necessitates teacher training. Part two focuses primarily on the organization of the project and on related issues. It is concluded that RE should be in the school curriculum because the majority of English people demand it, and because of the significance of educational objectives that it presupposes, including consideration of the purpose of life and development of an understanding of the past and present impact of religion. The paper recommends that RE should be neither dogmatic nor purely phenomenological but a combination of the two that includes a personal search for meaning and an objective study of the phenomena of religion. (SJM)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Behavioral Objectives, Beliefs, Christianity, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Curriculum Research, Educational Objectives, Ethical Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interfaith Relations, Moral Values, Religion, Religious Education, Secondary Education, Values, Values Education
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Authoring Institution: Schools Council, London (England).
Note: Schools Council Working Paper 36