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ERIC Number: EJ816146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Characteristics of Religious Knowledge among Australian Students
Hughes, Philip
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v12 n2 p137-147 Aug 2007
Drawing on the Spirit of Generation Y project and extensions of that project undertaken in 25 Australian schools by the Christian Research Association, it is argued that the approach to religious knowledge by Australian students can be contrasted with their approach to other forms of knowledge by four features. These are diversity of opinion in the arena of religious knowledge, a lack of clarity in opinion, the affirmation that one can pick and choose one's beliefs drawing from a range of sources of religious knowledge and that each person is considered to have the right and responsibility to form their own beliefs. The fact that most Australian students assume that religious knowledge has these characteristics means that this area cannot be taught in similar ways to other areas of knowledge. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia