Is RE still not working? Reflections on the Does RE Work? project 5 years on

Lundie, D. (2018) Is RE still not working? Reflections on the Does RE Work? project 5 years on. British Journal of Religious Education, 40(3), pp. 348-356. (doi: 10.1080/01416200.2017.1405791)

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The ‘Does RE Work?’ project, part of the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, ran from 2007 to 2011. Drawing on textual analysis, ethnographic case studies and practitioner enquiry, the study identified core confusions as to the purposes and entailments of Religious Education as practised across the jurisdictions of the UK. This paper reflects on key developments in the area of religion and schools under the Coalition and Conservative governments in the light of the key findings of the project. While progress has been made towards a shared conception of the meaning and purpose of the subject, confusion persists as to the contested status of RE as a rigorous subject in the academic humanities. The paper makes recommendations with regard to the place of RE in a climate of increased interest and inspection of civic, personal and religious values and their place across the curriculum.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lundie, Dr David
Authors: Lundie, D.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:British Journal of Religious Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1740-7931
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Christian Education
First Published:First published in British Journal of Religious Education 40(3):348-356
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
142610Does religious education work? An analysis of the aims, practices and models of effectiveness in Religious Education across the UKJames ConroyArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (AHRC)AH/F009135/1ED - Education