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McKinney, Stephen; Francis, Leslie J.; McKenna, Ursula – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Sectarianism is perceived as a serious issue in Scotland despite a lack of concrete evidence, according to the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism. This paper addresses one of the gaps in knowledge, the attitudes of Catholic school pupils. Our research was designed to profile sectarian attitudes among a sample of Catholic school pupils in…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Protestants, Religious Factors
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Radenovic, Ljiljana – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
According to Petrarch, the main goal of the liberal arts is to help us live a good life and become wise, virtuous, and serene. This is also something achieved via true Christian faith. In this paper, my goal is twofold. First, I review Petrarch's general attitude to the good life and the ways to live it, along with his advice on how to remain…
Descriptors: Well Being, Christianity, Religious Education, Liberal Arts
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Vince, Matthew – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Given the current context of "Prevent" and Fundamental British Values, there has been a surge in academic and political interest surrounding Muslim identities in British educational contexts. Noting this 'religious turn' in educational debate, scholars have begun to question the mobilisation of 'Muslim' and 'Muslimness', suggesting that…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Muslims, Islam, Religious Education
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Haight, Annie; Wright, Susannah; Aldridge, David; Alexander, Patrick – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Each November, commemoration of the First World War armistice (and subsequent military events and conflicts) is almost ubiquitous in UK schools and has been given increased importance during the centenary years of the First World War. Yet as seemingly isolated occasions outside the regular curriculum, school practices of remembrance, and the…
Descriptors: War, World History, Memory, Foreign Countries
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Zhao, Zhenzhou – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Chinese people's beliefs have greatly diversified in the reform era even though teaching the dominant Marxist ideology in schools has continued to be compulsory. However, little is known about how the state has interpreted and taught 'belief' in the school curriculum and how students construe the meanings of belief in their daily lives. Through…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Social Systems, Political Attitudes, Beliefs
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Guilfoyle, Liam; Erduran, Sibel; Park, Wonyong – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Citizens often face dilemmas where they need to make decisions that impact our lives and are related to science and religion. For example, genetic cloning, nuclear energy and climate change can potentially appeal to moral and religious values as well as scientific knowledge. The ability to coordinate knowledge and values in reaching justified…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Moral Values, Religious Factors
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Nie, Fanhao; Price, Anne – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Prior research on the effect of religion on prejudicial attitudes against sexual minorities has looked into how religion may influence public attitudes towards homosexual behaviours, gay marriage, and same-sex adoption. However, less is known about how religion may influence employment discrimination against gays in the education industry where…
Descriptors: College Faculty, LGBTQ People, Homosexuality, Social Bias
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Tröhler, Daniel – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
This article argues that crucial elements of the three most important theoretical models of twentieth-century education can be traced back to three Protestant denominations that were developed in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. First, rather than to look in depth at the Protestant Reformers' own educational ideas, the paper…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Protestants, Governance, Educational Theories
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Sultmann, William; Lamb, Janeen; Hall, David; Borg, Gary – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2021
Australian students' perception of a trial Religious Education (RE) programme is the focus of this paper. Students (N = 1478) from 37 schools, primary and secondary, completed an online survey that included six Likert style items that aligned with six RE development principles that guided the development of the trial. Curriculum development was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Religious Education, Student Surveys, Elementary School Students
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Graham, Anne; Truscott, Julia – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
While there is growing international interest in meditation and mindfulness initiatives in schools, little research has focused on exploring the impact of such practices on students' spirituality. This paper reports data from a mixed method study involving primary school classes engaged in the regular practice of Christian meditation between Years…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Christianity, Spiritual Development, Elementary School Students
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O'Grady, Kevin; Jackson, Robert – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
The present article reports research conducted during 2018 in a secondary school in South Yorkshire, England with a class of 11-12-year-old boys and girls and the class teacher of religious education (RE), in consultation with the head and deputy head of the RE faculty. The focus of the project was on the extent to which existing research findings…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Secondary School Students, Teacher Attitudes
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Tse, Thomas Kwan Choi – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
The Methodist Church of Hong Kong has promoted a life education programme since 2004, and has progressively applied it in all affiliated schools. This article analyses the characteristics of the latest primary school life education curriculum compiled by this Christian school sponsoring body. There are three significant findings: 1) religious…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Religious Education, Christianity, Beliefs
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Niemi, Pia-Maria; Kimanen, Anuleena; Kallioniemi, Arto – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
How schools navigate between the demands presented by secularisation, and the increasing plurality of religious traditions has become a very topical issue in many European countries, including Finland, in recent decades. The question is both practical and philosophical by nature because the ways in which various beliefs and values are represented…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Public Schools, Inclusion
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Casson, Ann; Cooling, Trevor – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
Religious Education (RE) in England and Wales functions within a post-secular culture. In the last fifty years, approaches characterised by academic rigour, impartiality, and professionalism have been prioritised. In this post-secular culture, the notion of bricolage aptly describes how some young people seek meaning, explore the spiritual…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Foreign Countries, Christianity, Secondary School Students
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Hannam, Patricia; Biesta, Gert; Whittle, Sean; Aldridge, David – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2020
In this paper, the central findings of a research project into religious literacy are presented. This project sought to answer the question as to whether or not religious literacy can be a way forward for religious education (RE). Starting with the idea of 'literacy', dominant approaches religious literacy in the literature are examined. An…
Descriptors: Literacy, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Critical Literacy
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