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ERIC Number: EJ1111170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
The Imagination of REA:APPRRE
Horell, Harold D.
Religious Education, v111 n4 p349-365 2016
When the Religious Education Association (REA) was founded in 1903 in Chicago, the purpose of the organization was to explore innovative ways of envisioning, or we could say imagining, religious and moral instruction. At its first convention William Rainey Harper articulated a guiding vision for religious education that included foci on both practical efforts and original research. Harper called the new organization to carry on "practical experiments," including those concerned with the "application of religious and moral instruction to different stages of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual development," and those exploring "the adjustment" of instructional materials "to the needs of the special sociological groups included in the Christian Associations, Young People's Societies, Bible clubs, and the like." Harper also imagined the REA making "new contributions to the cause of religious and moral education" through "scientific investigations," such as efforts to define the scope and purpose of various aspects of moral and religious instruction more precisely (2003, 4-5). In its initial period of development the REA focused most of its efforts on supporting religious education practitioners, and came to be regarded as a practitioners' organization. At the same time, the REA's efforts sparked interest in research in religious education, and contributed to the development of religious education as a field of academic inquiry. The author strives to show how the Religious Education Association, an Association of Professors, Practitioners, and Researchers in Religious Education (REA:APPRRE) can maintain a robust sense of scope and purpose by remembering and renewing its understanding of the imagination of REA:APPRRE.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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