Religion in Secular Education

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
http://works.bepress.com/cathy_byrne/27; https://epubs.scu.edu.au/sass_pubs/1377
DOI:
10.1163/9789004264342
ISBN:
9789004264342; 9789004262027; 9781306405317
OCLC:
898983851; 984812867; 902825694; 869736025
Author(s):
Byrne, Catherine.
Publisher(s):
Brill Academic Publishers; Brill
Tags:
Arts and Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences
book description
Cathy Byrne presents the secular principle as a guiding compass for religion in government schools in plural democracies. Using in-depth case studies, historical and contextual research from Australia, and comparisons with other developed nations, Religion in Secular Education provides a comprehensive, at times confronting, analysis of the ideologies, policies, pedagogies, and practices for state-school religion. In the context of rising demands for students to develop intercultural competence and interreligious literacy, and alongside increasing Christian evangelism in the public arena, this book highlights risks and implications as education develops religious identity – in individual children and in nation states. Byrne proposes a best practice framework for nations attempting to navigate towards socially inclusive outcomes and critical thinking in religions education policy.