The impact of Postmodernity on teaching within the context of Religious Education.

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Abstract

The nature of the subject variously described in Scotland as Religious Education, Religious and Moral Education, and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies has changed radically over the last four decades. This paper seeks to examine possible reasons for the move to non-confessional, multi-religious and philosophical approaches, both set against the wider social climate and also as evidenced in survey data. This hypothesis of this paper is that changes within Religious Education can be understood against the background of societal change (as described by diverse social theorists), secularization and the adoption of more democratic educational approaches. That is, changes in Religious Education in Scotland mirror the crisis of legitimation characteristic of post modernity; the decline of institutional forms of spirituality, and movement towards a more democratic paradigm in educational practice. It is hoped to evidence this claim with reference to key documents in the development of Religious Education, as well as the content of Religious Education curricula in Scotland. Empirical data also informs this discussion, principally from a survey of 9 Religious Education departments in a particular local authority.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2008
EventThe European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Religious Education Special Interest Group - Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 200829 Aug 2008
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ConferenceThe European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Religious Education Special Interest Group
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period28/08/0829/08/08
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Nixon, G. (2008). The impact of Postmodernity on teaching within the context of Religious Education.. Paper presented at The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Religious Education Special Interest Group, Canterbury, United Kingdom.