ERIC Number: EJ815466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Should Religious Studies Be Part of the Compulsory State School Curriculum?
British Journal of Religious Education, v29 n3 p217-227 Sep 2007
This article argues that of the various approaches taken in state education internationally, the inclusion of a discrete academic subject dealing with religious traditions and spiritual or secular alternatives is the most effective way of addressing religious plurality in education. It examines the increasing presence of religion in public discourse, various educational responses to this, and argues that a separate subject, taught by specialist teachers, is the most likely to achieve the aim of the United Nations for mutual understanding and peace between diverse religious and cultural traditions.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Factors, Public Education, Cultural Pluralism, Religious Education, Role of Religion, Discourse Communities, Specialists, Curriculum Design, Intellectual Disciplines
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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