ERIC Number: EJ1065512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361 7672
Does Religious Education Promote Good Community Relations?
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v36 n1 p40-53 2015
The aims of religious education (RE) as a curriculum subject are contested and under constant review. One particular aim widely promoted by policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders is that RE distinctively among curriculum subjects, prepares future citizens for life in a religiously and culturally diverse society. I support the view that publicly-funded schooling should prepare young people for religious and cultural diversity as an aim; furthermore, that RE taught well contributes in a distinctive way to this endeavour. I pursue this issue with particular reference to schools in England and in response to a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE (APPG) published in 2014, "RE and Good Community Relations". I offer a theoretical analysis--based upon Bruner's "Folk Pedagogies" (1996)--which anticipates future investigation into how RE might best promote inter-religious and cultural understanding alone, to the detriment of other legitimate aims for the subject. Secondly, it needs to be clear in pedagogical terms "how" RE promotes inter-religious and cultural understanding. In preparing this ground, I argue that claims for the subject by religious educators and their supporters should not be overblown; furthermore that policymakers' expectations of what might be achieved through RE should not become inflated.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Community Relations, Educational Objectives, Intercultural Programs, Intercultural Communication, Role of Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Learning Processes, Concept Formation, Community Coordination, Outcomes of Education, Social Development, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)