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ERIC Number: EJ820687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Putting Textbooks to Work: Empowering Religious Education Teachers
Rymarz, Richard; Engebretson, Kath
British Journal of Religious Education, v27 n1 p53-63 Jan 2005
In 2002 a paper entitled "Writing Church-sponsored Religious Education Textbooks" by Engebretson was published in the "British Journal of Religious Education". This paper reported on and analysed some aspects of the development, by the Catholic Archdiocese in Melbourne, Victoria, of a series of religious education textbooks to be used in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The paper contextualised the series, entitled "To Know, Worship and Love", in the field of literature on textbooks in the classroom. It discussed some local issues that had led to the decision to produce religious education textbooks, explained and justified the choice of content for the middle secondary books, and discussed the presentation of the books. In the final section of the paper, it was indicated that future papers would report on the evaluation of the series and its implementation, as a three-stage research project was completed. The first stage of the research project collected responses from teachers and Religious Education Co-ordinators (RECs) to the Years 7 and 9 books, that is those books written for students of 12 and 14 years respectively. This paper discusses a significant finding that emerged from this stage of the research, that is the relationship between textbook use and level of qualifications and experience in the teaching of religious education. This major finding is of interest in relation to a range of educational issues in religious education, including the role and use of resources, the mandation of resources by Church hierarchies, creativity and flexibility in teaching religious education, teacher confidence and experience and the important issue of content knowledge. Further papers will explore evaluations of the Years 8 and 10 books, and overall issues that have emerged from this Archdiocesan curriculum project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Grade 7; Grade 9
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia