ERIC Number: EJ929414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Freirean Critical Pedagogy's Challenge to Interfaith Education: What Is Interfaith? What Is Education?
British Journal of Religious Education, v33 n1 p47-60 2011
Interfaith education has been boosted recently by the imprimatur of current and previous political world leaders. However, a critical analysis of what makes good interfaith education is yet to emerge. Indeed the attention may distract from the effort needed to ensure positive outcomes. This paper questions whether the uncritical nature of some interfaith education initiatives encourages the continuation of cultural and theological bias. Critical social theorist Paulo Freire viewed education as an opportunity for social evolution. His "pedagogy of freedom" relied on the idea that no knowledge is out of bounds and that such freedom nurtured the security to greet difference with humility. This paper examines some Australian approaches to interfaith education in light of Freire's challenge. It questions the persistence of an Abrahamic skew and calls for a more critical approach to differences of belief.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intergroup Relations, Religion, Ideology, Educational Practices, Goal Orientation, Intercultural Communication, Criticism, Perspective Taking, Critical Theory, Cultural Pluralism, Freedom
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia