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Building bridges rather than walls: research into an experiential model of interfaith education in secondary schools

McCowan, Tim (2016) Building bridges rather than walls: research into an experiential model of interfaith education in secondary schools. British Journal of Religious Education. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0141-6200 (Print), 1740-7931 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper examines research findings from an experiential model of interfaith education called the Building Bridges through Interfaith Dialogue in Schools Programme (BBP). The BBP has been operating continuously in Melbourne, Australia since 2004. In the research, participating students were interviewed and surveyed to assess the effect of this experiential interfaith education programme on their knowledge, attitudes, perspectives and behaviour toward those from different religious and cultural backgrounds to them. Some of the data from those interviews are included in this article. The findings identify that the programme promoted religious literacy, (including improved knowledge, understanding and appreciation for different religious and cultural traditions and their practices), dismantled prejudice from ignorance and overly generalised stereotypes of others, and promoted social inclusion and cohesion.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Inter-religious education, experiential, interfaith, interpretive approach, dialogue, secondary education, social cohesion.
Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220407 Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern, Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
D - Religious Education
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
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Depositing User: Dr Tim McCowan
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 06:24
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 06:24
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1994

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