Religious Education in England

Religious Education in England © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156852708X283050 Religious Education in England Lynn Revell Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holme Rd., Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, England, UK lynn.revell@canterbury.ac.uk Abstract Th is article argues that RE in England is shaped by a number of factors that promote a rigid definition of religiosity and which discourage engagement with new, unconven- tional or non-mainstream forms of religion. Th e article identifies the close relationship between RE and the national church and other faith communities as well as a reliance on local agreed syllabi as key characteristics in the inability of RE in England to fully engage with contemporary forms of religion. It ends by calling for a revaluation of the basis for RE and a greater engagement with other disciplines involved in the study of religion. Keywords misrepresentation, agreed syllabi, curriculum, religious education, England Th e study of religion in English schools is usually carried out in the subject area known as Religious Education (RE) and is an area of intense and passionate discussion by those involved in schools, universities and religious groups. Th is vibrancy is partly reflected in the preoccupation by specialists in Religious Education with pedagogy and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Numen Brill

Religious Education in England

Numen, Volume 55 (2-3): 218 – Jan 1, 2008

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0029-5973
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1568-5276
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10.1163/156852708X283050
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156852708X283050 Religious Education in England Lynn Revell Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holme Rd., Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, England, UK lynn.revell@canterbury.ac.uk Abstract Th is article argues that RE in England is shaped by a number of factors that promote a rigid definition of religiosity and which discourage engagement with new, unconven- tional or non-mainstream forms of religion. Th e article identifies the close relationship between RE and the national church and other faith communities as well as a reliance on local agreed syllabi as key characteristics in the inability of RE in England to fully engage with contemporary forms of religion. It ends by calling for a revaluation of the basis for RE and a greater engagement with other disciplines involved in the study of religion. Keywords misrepresentation, agreed syllabi, curriculum, religious education, England Th e study of religion in English schools is usually carried out in the subject area known as Religious Education (RE) and is an area of intense and passionate discussion by those involved in schools, universities and religious groups. Th is vibrancy is partly reflected in the preoccupation by specialists in Religious Education with pedagogy and the

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION; CURRICULUM; MISREPRESENTATION; AGREED SYLLABI; ENGLAND

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