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From Biblical Story to Biblical Interpretation: A Critical Transition

Kelleher, Margaret (2012) From Biblical Story to Biblical Interpretation: A Critical Transition. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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This thesis addresses the transition from the child’s understanding of bible stories to an understanding of scripture at a level commensurate with the adolescent’s developing cognitive capacities. The particular context is the Catholic secondary school. Classroom religious education is seen as education for faith. The approach to the teaching of scripture is critical engagement with the biblical text which draws on contemporary biblical scholarship and takes cognisance of the nature of the text and the characteristics of religious language and biblical genres.
The study is informed by structural developmental theory which provides insights into the cognitive capacity of the student and the cognitive demands of the text. The educative task includes providing a pedagogy which develops students’ skills in recognising and comprehending religious metaphor and in applying these skills to an understanding of religious myth and parable. The study is relevant to a range of Christian educational settings.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: religious education, teaching scripture, cognitive development, religious thinking, religious language, reflective judgment model, epistemological understanding, critical engagement with the text, complementarity in thinking, education for faith, teaching for transformation, Catholic secondary school
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 00:57
Last Modified: 18 May 2012 00:57
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1086

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