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Teaching catholic studies: a study of religious education in senior high school

Starkey, Janina and Rymarz, Richard (2018) Teaching catholic studies: a study of religious education in senior high school. Journal of Religious Education, 66 (1). pp. 65-75. ISSN 1442-018X

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Catholic Studies is a religious education course used in senior high schools in New South Wales, Australia. The course is not counted for university entrance but meets the requirement for students to undertake religious study whilst in catholic schools. This paper examines the perceptions of teachers on why students take the course and what parts of it they find most and least engaging. In addition, the perceptions of teachers about the course are also reported. The results are discussed in the context of the wider literature of effective teacher student engagement. It argues that two aspects of effective teaching are the capacity of teachers to deal with the content of a course and also the ability to understand and engage with the learning needs of students. One conclusion is that for teacher and student learning in Catholic Studies to be improved, more focused support for teachers needs to be provided. This support would include specialized classroom resources as well as the opportunity for teachers to engage with their peers in a supportive learning community.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Religious education, Catholic schools, Catholic studies, RE teacher
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: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 02:40
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 02:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3467

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