Religious and spiritual education

Conroy, J.C. and McKinney, S.J. (2010) Religious and spiritual education. In: Baker, E., McGaw, B. and Peterson, P. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education. Elsevier: London, pp. 189-193. ISBN 9780080448947 (doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-044894-7.00593-5)

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This chapter explores the development and contemporary position of religious and spiritual education – an education that some consider essential for a complete education and others perceive to be an irrational and illiberal anachronism in secular society. Three important models of religious education (confessional, phenomenological, and interpretive) that exemplify the range of contemporary approaches are examined and critiqued. Contemporary issues are identified and include the potential reconfiguration of the concept of religion per se and of the Christian influence, explicit or implicit, on many forms of religious education. The conclusion explores the contested position of religion and religious education.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Conroy, Professor James and McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: Conroy, J.C., and McKinney, S.J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
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