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ERIC Number: EJ1053656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Re-Defining "Learning about Religion" and "Learning from Religion": A Study of Policy Change
Fancourt, Nigel Peter Michell
British Journal of Religious Education, v37 n2 p122-137 2015
The study of how policy processes shape religious education as a curriculum subject, rather than within faith schooling, is relatively unexplored. This paper applies a policy analysis perspective to an important distinction in non-confessional English religious education, which has also been adopted internationally: "learning about religion" and "learning from religion". The changing nature of the distinction in English policy documents from 1994 is examined in the light of three main voices of influence on educational policy: neo-conservatives, neo-liberals and progressives. These changes are also analysed through three policy contexts: influence, text production and practice. Revisions to policy wording are interpreted in the light of this theory, showing the growing significance of neo-liberalism, and the nature of compromise, amendment and ambiguity. "The implications for an understanding of the inter-relationship between policy, pedagogy and practice are then considered".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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