Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 2505613
Sist endret: 21. juni 2021, 14:22

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 2505613
Sist endret: 21. juni 2021, 14:22
Prosjekt

Teaching and learning about religion and worldviews in english schools. Religion and worldview literacy. [PhD project]

prosjektleder

Martha Shaw
ved Senter for diakoni og profesjonell praksis ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Senter for diakoni og profesjonell praksis ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Klassifisering

Vitenskapsdisipliner

Teologi og religionsvitenskap

Emneord

Religionsundervisning

Kategorier

Prosjektkategori

  • Doktorgradsprosjekt

Tidsramme

Avsluttet
Start: 1. januar 2017 Slutt: 31. desember 2019

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse

Tittel

Teaching and learning about religion and worldviews in english schools. Religion and worldview literacy. [PhD project]

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

The future of Religious Education (RE) in England and in wider Europe continues to be a matter of debate. In the UK particularly, there is a perceived crisis in RE, a large part of which relates to confusion over its aims and purposes and to the challenge of keeping up with a changing religion and worldview landscape. Within these debates the term ‘religious literacy’ has gained considerable currency and is widely accepted as an educational aim. The phrase is increasingly used both within RE and more broadly in a range of professions and settings to describe a level of knowledge and understanding about the diverse religion and worldview landscape and the skills to be able to engage with that diversity in a positive way.

 

The idea of religious literacy has been theorised in a general context, yet despite its increasing usage, there is no agreed, shared definition of what constitutes religious literacy, or what it looks like in the educational context specifically. This thesis explores the idea of religious literacy and its application in school classrooms. I draw on findings from a national study into stakeholders’ views on the future of teaching and learning about religion and worldviews in schools to challenge the idea of religious literacy. These findings illustrate the key role of RE in preparing young people to live in diversity, yet also reveal a complex nexus of values underpinning teachers’ practice and an appetite for an overhaul of content and new representations of religion and worldviews in curricula that better reflect the changing reality, as evidenced in sociological research.

 

I explore the potential of ‘religious literacy’ to reconcile stakeholders’ aspirations for the purpose and content of learning in RE, in its application to the context of the school classroom. I conclude that whilst religious literacy is useful as a theoretical model, its application in the classroom requires modification. These modifications relate to: 1) the explicit extension of ‘religion’ to ‘worldview’ to better categorise lived reality and diversity 2) a focus on the construction of knowledge 3) the foregrounding of a reflexive element in understanding and 4) moving from a linear to a circular model. My analysis extends religious literacy from a theoretical model applicable to a range of settings, to a pedagogical model of Religion & Worldview (R&W) literacy. I argue that as a model of educational praxis, R&W literacy better meets the aspirations of stakeholders and has potential to reconcile some of the key debates around both the purpose of RE and the representation of religion in curricula.

Supervisors: Adam Dinham and Annette Leis-Peters

 

Paper I : Dinham, A. & Shaw, M. (2017) Religious literacy through religious education: The future of teaching and learning about religion and belief. Religions, 8(7). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8070119

Paper II : Shaw, M. (2020) Values underpinning teachers’ practice in religious education – A values typology for RE. Currently under review with the Journal of Beliefs and Values.

Paper III : Shaw, M. (2018) New representations of religion and belief in schools. Religions, 9 (11). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110364
 

Avhandling i VID:Open (fulltekst)
VID:Open: Teaching and learning about religion and worldviews in english schools: Religion and worldview literacy (unit.no)

Avhandling i Oria (trykt utgave)
https://bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1ss8boa/BIBSYS_ILS71602340630002201

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

Martha Shaw

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Senter for diakoni og profesjonell praksis ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Annette Rose Leis-Peters

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Fakultet for teologi, diakoni og ledelsesfag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
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