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ERIC Number: EJ1074040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Modes of Learning in Religious Education
Afdal, Geir
British Journal of Religious Education, v37 n3 p256-272 2015
This article is a contribution to the discussion of learning processes in religious education (RE) classrooms. Sociocultural theories of learning, understood here as tool-mediated processes, are used in an analysis of three RE classroom conversations. The analysis focuses on the language tools that are used in conversations; how the tools mediate; the dynamics they create between pupils and teachers; and how new language tools are created and enrolled. The following three modes of learning are found: distancing, dynamic and expansive. These modes are collectively enacted by teachers and students in the context of the classroom. The article therefore argues that RE classrooms can best be understood as social practices, rather than sums of individual cognition. Empirically, religion is in the making in RE--in the shape of bits, pieces and processes. In the material, however, RE is an educational practice, not a religious practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; Norway; Sweden
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