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Research as pedagogy: building learning communities and religious understanding in RE

Stern, Julian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4126-0100 (2010) Research as pedagogy: building learning communities and religious understanding in RE. British Journal of Religious Education, 32 (2). pp. 133-146.

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Debates on teacher accountability are informed by research generating, for example, evidence‐based policy and practice. Debates on pedagogy, too, are informed by research, albeit with only a limited amount of empirical research being currently available on religious education (RE) pedagogy. In this article, research is conceived as not simply informing such debates, but as providing a framework for both accountability (through action research) and pedagogy (through enabling creative collaborative learning in classrooms). Empirical research is reported on patterns of classification and framing expected in RE by pupils, teachers and educationalists outside schools. Evidence is provided of possibilities for the collaborative involvement of teachers and pupils within RE, and for collaboration with teaching and learning in other school subjects. Research is itself put forward tentatively as the most appropriate pedagogy in RE. This is not conceived in terms of its ‘effectiveness’ as a pedagogy, but in terms of its ability to develop itself, critically, within the classroom and school as a learning community.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200903537415
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/494

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