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Educating for democracy in Australian schooling: towards a secular global age through an inquiry into the religious

Statham, Audrey (2014) Educating for democracy in Australian schooling: towards a secular global age through an inquiry into the religious. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This thesis examines how the Australian Values Framework does not appear to be actualising UNESCO’s call to promote a particular notion of democracy which they consider as necessary in order to pursue world peace. Specific consideration is given to religious groups which do not appear to be included as legitimate participants of values formation in the Australian context through the Australian Values Framework. This inquiry engages with the thought of philosopher and educator, John Dewey, and theologian, Stanley Hauerwas, because these are argued to be highly relevant for evaluating different interpretations of democracy in light of the concerns of a religious perspective. This study finds there is an intrinsic relation between inclusive democracy, secularism and education and that all three of these together necessarily promote participation in political life for all groups, including the religious and the non-religious together, in order that UNESCO’s aspiration for world peace might become actualised.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Australian values framework, education, inclusive democracy, the secular, secularism, UNESCO, John Dewey, values, values education, Stanley Hauerwas, the religious
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 00:17
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2016 14:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1609

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