What is the point of religious education?

Clayton, Matthew and Stevens, David (2018) What is the point of religious education? Theory and Research in Education, 16 (1). pp. 65-81. ISSN 1741-3192

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Some liberal societies continue to require their schools to offer non-directive, but specifically religious education as part of the curriculum. This paper challenges that practice. It does so by articulating and defending a moral principle, which asserts that education policy must be regulated by principles that are acceptable to reasonable people. Thereafter, we argue that the leading arguments for prioritizing the study of religion in schools—arguments that claim that religion is special or that assert that the majority or parents are morally permitted to prioritise religion in schooling—are incompatible with the acceptability requirement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Matthew Clayton, David Stevens. What is the point of religious education? Theory and Research in Education, 2018, Vol. 16(1) 65–81. © The Author(s) 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Keywords: Religious education, pluralism, political liberalism, Rawls
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1477878518762217
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 07:37
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 18:28
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46582

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