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ERIC Number: EJ833514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Developing a New Post-Liberal Paradigm for British Religious Education
Barnes, L. Philip
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v28 n1 p17-32 Apr 2007
The aim of this paper is to articulate a new "post-liberal" paradigm for religious education in Britain. As criticisms of British religious education have mounted over the last few decades, it is becoming increasingly obvious that familiar inherited ways of conceptualising the nature and practice of religious education in schools are inappropriate to contemporary educational needs. A new model is required to structure, justify and direct learning and teaching in religious education. This paper reviews the commitments, assumptions and beliefs that together constitute the current ruling "liberal" paradigm, identifies and exposes its weakness and concludes by providing a tentative first draft of a new "post-liberal" paradigm for religious education, which holds more promise of realising socially positive educational aims than the current paradigm. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom