Good Practice in Religious Education in Europe

Peter Schreiner, Friedhelm Kraft, Andrew Wright (Hg.)

Examples and Perspectives of Primary Schools
Münster: Lit, 2007, 158 S.
ISBN 978-3-8258-9076-6

Case studies from different countries are presented with examples of successful and innovative classroom practice in religious education in Primary Schools in Europe. Religious education contributes to learning about religions that focuses on knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs in the world today and learning from religions that offers students opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual developments and also to learning through religions that brings these aims together in a more integrated way, different approaches to religious education in the countries. The articles reflect underline the relation between religious education, the wider curriculum and whole school initiatives.Contents

  • Introduction / Peter Schreiner.
  • The Learning Circuit in Religious Education in Austrian Schools / Gerhild Herrgesell and Helmar Pollitt.
  • The Criteria for Good Religious Education: Classroom Text Books in Bulgaria / Bojidar Andonov.
  • Pupil-to-Pupil Dialogue in Religious Education in England and Wales / Derek Bastide.
  • Using Narratives in Primary Religious Education in Estonia  / Pille Valk and Olga Schihalejev.
  • ‘Godly Play’ – a Method of Storytelling in Finnish Schools / Sari Nevalainen and Juha Luodeslampi.
  • Theologising with Children in Classrooms in Germany / Petra Freudenberger-Lötz and Friedhelm Kraft.
  • Teaching Religion through Art in Religious Education in Italian Schools / Maria Luisa Mazzarello.
  • A Focus on the Educational Quality of the Learning Process in Religious Education in the Netherlands / Henk Kuindersma and Johan Valstar.
  • ‘Enriched Religious Education’ in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland / James Nelson.
  • Differences in the Classroom – How to organise Religious Education in Norway? / Elisabeth K. Haanes and Heid Leganger-Krogstad.

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