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Isn’t There a Town Named After Him? Content Knowledge and Teacher Training in Religious Education

Rymarz, Richard (2012) Isn’t There a Town Named After Him? Content Knowledge and Teacher Training in Religious Education. Journal of Religious Education, 60 (2). pp. 37-45. ISSN 1442-018X

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Abstract

This paper examines the need for content knowledge as a foundation for teacher training in religious education. It argues that in educational models of religious education, where the emphasis is on a strongly cognitive approach, either in secular or denominational contexts, significant demands are made on teachers. Without adequate content knowledge teachers find it difficult to teach in an engaging and informed way. Two illustrative Canadian examples are provided, which highlight the cognitive demands of religion courses in both Catholic and secular schools. In light of this some recommendations are made as how best to match the requirements of the formal curriculum with the content knowledge of teachers.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: teacher, training, religious education
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
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 04:25
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 03:58
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2688

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