Effective Teaching of Religious Education

By Brenda Watcon
August 1993
Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582087074
240 pages.
$72.50 Paper Original


Religious education is an area of complexity and controversy which raises many questions throughout education, such as why teach RE in schools? What is the relevance of religion in a secular society? Can anyone teach it? How should world religions be taught? How can students be assessed? The Effective Teaching of Religious Education seeks to open up the debates surrounding these issues in order to provide clear guidelines for both practicing and trainee teachers.

Written with a practical concern to improve the quality of RE delivered in schools, this books adopts a clear and direct approach that is balanced and unbiased. Theory and practice are tightly integrated and many practical suggestions and examples are given. The author demonstrates a sensitivity to where RE currently stands and offers practical answers to hard questions and shows how the subject contributes to cross curricular work.

List of tables List of figures Editor's Preface Author's Preface Acknowledgements 1. The effective teaching of religious education 2. RE - Erratic boulder? 3. Giving religion a chance: the formidable case against secularism 4. The purpose of RE 5. Imagination and the development of religious concepts 6. In search of the spiritual: the experiential approach 7. They can't all the right: developing reflective thinking about truth-claims 8. Beyond the facts: the coming together of religions 9. Approaching the teaching of the Bible 10. Can RE be assessed? 11. What to do about School research 12. What is it all about? RE and the rest of the curriculum 13. Theme for the classroom on 'seeing and knowing' Glossary. References and recommended reading. Note on resources Index.

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