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Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief

Parker, Stephen / Freathy, Rob / Francis, Leslie J. (eds)

Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief

Series: Religion, Education and Values - Volume 2

Year of Publication: 2012

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XII, 274 pp., 8 tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-0343-0754-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.420 kg, 0.926 lbs

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Book synopsis

What opportunities and challenges are presented to religious education across the globe by the basic human right of freedom of religion and belief? To what extent does religious education facilitate or inhibit ‘freedom of religion’ in schools? What contribution can religious education make to freedom in the modern world? This volume provides answers to these and related questions by drawing together a selection of the papers delivered at the seventeenth session of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values held in Ottawa in 2010. These reflections from international scholars, drawing upon historical, theoretical and empirical perspectives, provide insights into the development of religious education in a range of national contexts, from Europe to Canada and South Africa, as well as illuminating possible future directions for the subject.


Contents: Julian Stern: Preface – Stephen Parker/Rob Freathy/Leslie Francis: Introduction – Rob Freathy/Stephen Parker: Freedom from Religious Beliefs: Humanists and Religious Education in England in the 1960s and 1970s – Lorna M.A. Bowman: Freedom of Religion and Publicly-Funded Religious Schools in Canada – Dzintra Iliško: Religious Freedom in a Democratic Latvia – Peta Goldburg: Religious Education: A Foundation for Freedom of Religion and Belief – Jeff Astley: Can We Choose our Beliefs? A Philosophical Question for Religious Education – Petro du Preez: Toward a Curriculum for Morality, Human Rights and the Freedom of Religion(s) and Belief(s) – Mario O. D’Souza: Pluralist Societies, First Principles, and the Freedom of Religion and Belief – Karin Nordström: Can We Educate for Freedom? Ethical Perspectives on the Pedagogic Paradox – Brian Gates: How Far is the Notion of ‘Conscience’ Redundant and ‘Consciencing’ a Better Alternative? – Manfred L. Pirner: Freedom of Religion and Belief in Religious Schools? Toward a Multi-perspective Theory – René Ferguson: Communities of Practice: Encountering the Unexpected in Narratives of Religious Diversity – Kevin O’Grady: Freedom of Belief for English Religious Education Pupils: Some Findings from the Warwick REDCo Community of Practice – Jan Grajczonek: Acknowledging Religious Diversity and Empowering Young Children’s Agency and Voice in the Religion Classroom.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Stephen Parker is Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research Degrees Coordinator in the Institute of Education, University of Worcester, UK.
Rob Freathy is Director of Taught Programmes for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and Director of Education for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, UK.
Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Religions and Education at the University of Warwick, UK.


Religion, Education and Values. Vol. 2
Edited by Stephen Parker, Leslie J. Francis, Rob Freathy and Mandy Robbins