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    Religious education, a matter of understanding? reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious Education


    Hannam, Patricia and Biesta, Gert (2019) Religious education, a matter of understanding? reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious Education. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 40 (1). pp. 55-63. ISSN 1361-7672

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    Abstract

    In this article we offer reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) that was published in England in 2018. We expose and problematise the prominent place of understanding in the report, not only as an educational method, but also the underlying world view of the report itself, a world view which we characterise as ‘hermeneuticism’. We raise educational, theological and political concerns about the particular approach taken in the report. We propose instead that religious education (RE) should be considered first of all in terms of what it means to live with a religious or non-religious orientation, conceived in existential terms rather than in terms of beliefs or practices or objectified world views. Educationally we show that what we term a non-hermeneutic way of viewing our humanity would open different possibilities for RE and its future.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: : Patricia Hannam & Gert Biesta (2019) Religious education, a matter of understanding? reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious Education, Journal of Beliefs & Values, 40:1, 55-63, DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2018.1554330
    Keywords: Commission on Religious Education; CoRE; final report; religious education; RE; hermeneutics; hermeneuticism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 13657
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2018.1554330
    Depositing User: Gert Biesta
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 17:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Beliefs & Values
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
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