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Catechesis and Religious Education in Canadian Catholic Schools

Rymarz, Richard (2011) Catechesis and Religious Education in Canadian Catholic Schools. Religious Education, 106 (5). pp. 537-549. ISSN 0034-4087

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Abstract

A key concept in contemporary Catholic educational discourse makes a distinction between religious education and catechesis. This distinction is based on the assumptions of faith commitment on the part of catechesis and the focus on cognitive outcomes on the part of religious education. Many official documents on Canadian Catholic school education, however, reflect an understanding that closely associated catechesis with religious education or fail to sufficiently distinguish between the two. The article argues that changes in contemporary culture make catechetical models of religious education problematic and that Catholic schools in Canada would be well served by an approach that emphasizes the educational goals of religious education. This is not to say that catechesis has no place in religious education but this is best achieved by making use of cognitive and effective outcomes in lesson planning and realizing that the school as a whole has many opportunities to foster catechesis.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Catechesis, Religious Education, Canadian Catholic 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 14:57
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 14:57
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2688

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