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Pandya, Samta P. – Religious Education, 2018
Based on a one-year longitudinal experimental study with 3,782 kindergarten school children across 15 countries, this article examines the association between prayer and happiness. Results show that the post-test scores on the faces scale were higher for the participant group who had taken the prayer lessons vis-à-vis the comparison group.…
Descriptors: Scores, Cross Cultural Studies, Christianity, Pretests Posttests
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Kienstra, Natascha; van Dijk-Groeneboer, Monique; Boelens, Olav – Religious Education, 2018
Searching for new methods to start a genuine dialogue in secondary school classrooms, bibliodrama as an active form of putting religious stories in action was used. The research focused on examining relationships between student learning activities and teacher behavior; six lessons were analyzed in a qualitative cross-case analysis. A dialogue in…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
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Brandes, Melissa Ann – Religious Education, 2018
Healthy adolescent spiritual development is being hindered both by U.S. culture, which demands conformity to unattainable standards, and by the failure of the Church to become relevant in the lives of young people. This article explores how the alternative religious community found at a Christian summer camp can lead to positive growth in the…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Spiritual Development, Churches
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Penn, David S. – Religious Education, 2018
Prevailing cultural views of adolescence are the product, this article argues, of a long, multidimensional process of social construction. Employing a double reading of this process, this article analyzes the difficulties religious educators face on account of the reified nature of this social construction. Drawing on philosophical and…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Role, Religious Education, Adolescents
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Thomason, Steve – Religious Education, 2018
This article argues that Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology is both a trinitarian praxis and a helpful pedagogical model for the local, suburban church. The basis of this argument stems from data gathered during a PAR project conducted among suburban Lutheran congregations in 2014. The initial intention of this project was to explore…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Churches, Teaching Methods
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Liljestrand, Johan – Religious Education, 2018
This paper explores the spatial and environmental conditions for democratic education in an interreligious project. The interreligious project provides a case for applying Dewey's concepts of experience and environment. Four kinds of experiences are presented: invited places-being a guest, common meeting points-shaping an interreligious…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Educational Experience, Democratic Values, Educational Philosophy
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Ashraf, Muhammad Azeem – Religious Education, 2018
This article focuses on the critical ideologies of the curriculum behind the religious education (Madrassa system) and modern education systems (public and private schools) in Pakistan. These systems use different types of curriculum and have faced many challenges in the past, particularly with regard to the curriculum itself. Both systems of…
Descriptors: Islam, Religious Factors, Literacy, Muslims
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Shields, Richard – Religious Education, 2018
The Second Vatican Council introduced a new narrative for Catholic school. Rather than serving a primarily catechetical purpose, Catholic schools were to share in the Church's evangelizing mission by embodying an ideal learning community in a manner rooted in Gospel values. This paper argues that Gospel values are not exported from the Bible and…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Religious Education, Values Education, Religious Factors
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Gunn, Dennis – Religious Education, 2018
Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan offers a vision for education that promotes what he terms "cosmopolis." For Lonergan, authentic cosmopolitanism does not impose a universal, totalizing metanarrative. Rather, it embraces the particularity of one's own cultural, religious, and intellectual traditions, while…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Intergroup Education, Global Approach, Citizenship
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Ferrara, Carol A. – Religious Education, 2018
This article explores and analyzes private Muslim schooling in France using ethnographic research performed in 2013-2014 in Lille-, Lyon-, and Paris-based Muslim schools. The article discusses the course content and the interpretations of Islam that are taught, demonstrating how French republican values are fused together with Islam to promote a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Muslims, Course Content, Islam
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Moyaert, Marianne – Religious Education, 2018
In religious pedagogy focused on teaching religious diversity, two approaches are usually discussed: multireligious learning and interreligious learning. Here, I will explore both approaches and argue why I think interreligious learning is to be preferred. Interreligious learning, however, can take many forms. In academia learning tends to be…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Intergroup Education, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning
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Thomas, Trudelle – Religious Education, 2018
John Green's best-selling "The Fault in Our Stars" (2012) recounts two teenagers' quest for meaning in the face of loneliness, depression, disability, and loss, all intensified by a cancer diagnosis. Green uses secondary characters to present three common worldviews: existentialism, Christianity, and Buddhist mindfulness. The author…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Psychological Patterns, Christianity, World Views
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Muszkat-Barkan, Michal; Rosenstein, Marc J. – Religious Education, 2018
We examined Israeli Reform rabbis' reflections on what components of their training most influenced the development of their rabbinical identity. Theoretical perspectives applied in planning the study and analyzing the data were: professional identity formation; pedagogies of training clergy; and taught vs. learned curriculum. We identified four…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Religious Education, Clergy, Professional Identity
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Hanchin, Timothy – Religious Education, 2018
That religious and theological education today largely neglects reading as a spiritual discipline is a profound pedagogical oversight. The fallout contributes to the bifurcation of intellectual and spiritual formation in education. While the dominant mode of reading in the academy is beholden to the Weberian solitary, detached, and disenchanted…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Theological Education, Christianity, Reading
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Manning, Patrick R. – Religious Education, 2018
Cultivating a disposition of critical thinking among students and faculty can provide a means of addressing troubling cultural trends like breakdowns in public discourse, academic siloing, and disengagement from religion. This article expands the concept of critical thinking by engaging the work of John Henry Newman and Bernard Lonergan. The…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Integrated Curriculum, Faculty Development, College Curriculum
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