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Comparing Religious Education in Canadian and Australian Catholic High Schools: Identifying Some Key Structural Issues

Rymarz, Richard (2013) Comparing Religious Education in Canadian and Australian Catholic High Schools: Identifying Some Key Structural Issues. British Journal of Religious Education, 35 (2). pp. 175-187. ISSN 0141-6200 (Print), 1740-7931 (Online)

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Abstract

Religious education (RE) in Catholic high schools in Australia and Canada is compared by examining some of the underlying structural factors that shape the delivery of RE. It is argued that in Canadian Catholic schools RE is diminished by three factors that distinguish it from the Australian experience. These are: the level and history of government funding which in turn leads to a relative lack of autonomy of Catholic schools to control their own RE curriculum; external political and social influences on the RE curriculum which is apparent in the popular election of Catholic school trustees; and most decisively, the absence of strong, ongoing bureaucratic support of RE.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Canada, Australia, religious education, Catholic high schools
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Religious Education
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 14:07
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 14:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2680

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