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ERIC Number: EJ1076579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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The USCCB Curriculum Framework: Origins, Questions, and a Call for Research
Schroeder, Carrie J.
Journal of Catholic Education, v19 n1 Article 2 Sep 2015
The promulgation of "Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework" for the "Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age" by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November, 2007, represented a milestone in the efforts of the U.S. bishops to monitor and shape the Religious Studies curricula of U.S. Catholic secondary schools. This article contextualizes the "Framework," providing comprehensive information about its origins. With the release of the English translation of the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church" in 1994, the U.S. bishops launched a full-scale effort to address what they perceived to be a crisis of religious illiteracy among Catholics. Central to this effort was an attempt to ensure that all catechetical materials used in Catholic parishes, elementary and secondary schools, and other programs would be in conformity with the doctrinal content, theological approach, and language of the "Catechism." When members of the USCCB found many Religious Studies textbooks commonly utilized in U.S. Catholic secondary schools to be gravely deficient both theologically and pedagogically, they began, in early 1999, to create what would become the "Framework." Other relevant documents issued following the Framework's promulgation have further clarified the bishops' expectations regarding Religious Studies in U.S. Catholic secondary schools. This article addresses many of the questions about the "Framework" that Religious Studies teachers may have, such as those documented by Schroeder (2013), and invites authors and researchers to subject the "Framework" to the rigors of empirical research.
Descriptors: Catholics, Catholic Schools, Religious Education, Clergy, Curriculum, Secondary School Students, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Educational History, Language Usage, Educational Research, Churches, Textbooks, Advisory Committees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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