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Does religious education have a future?: pedagogical and policy prospects

Does religious education have a future?: pedagogical and policy prospects

Chater, Mark, 1956-; Erricker, Clive

Does religious education have a future in English schools? What is it for, what does it aim to do and why do some religious and secular people feel passionately about the survival of RE? This book argues for a radical reform of the subject based on principles of pedagogy set free from religious concerns

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Mark Chater and Clive Erricker
ISBN: 0203117697, 0415681707, 9780203117699, 9780415681704
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: "A David Fulton book."
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 167 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Religion.; Religious education.; Religious education


  1. Introduction: The politics and discourse of RE Section 1. Representations of religion and education: critical enquiries
  2. 1. The global context of religion and belief
  3. 2. The conflicted context of education
  4. Section 2. Diagnosing RE's pedagogy, provenance and politics
  5. 3. The heart of the enterprise: a pedagogical problem
  6. 4. Phenomenology and anthropology: the advocacy of religion as an approach to RE
  7. 5. Discourse and dissonance in contemporary paradigms of RE
  8. 6. The politics of English RE: a portrait of disfunctionality
  9. Section 3. The case for a radical transformation of RE
  10. 7. The doors of pedagogical perception: pedagogy as existential stance
  11. 8. Towards an educational economy of religions
  12. 9. Between education and catastrophe: The futures of RE

Author note

Mark Chateris Director of Culham St Gabriel's, a trust supporting research, development and innovation in religious education. He was senior adviser with responsibility for RE at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and before that, a teacher and trainer of RE.

Clive Errickeris a consultant and researcher in the fields of education and religion. Prior to this, he was County Inspector for Religious Education, History and Community Cohesion in Hampshire, and was previously Head of the School of Religion and Theology and Reader in Religion and Education at the University of Chichester, UK.