Is RE Still Not Working? Reflections on the Does RE Work? project 5 years on

Lundie, David (2017) Is RE Still Not Working? Reflections on the Does RE Work? project 5 years on. British Journal of Religious Education. pp. 1-9. ISSN Print ISSN: 0141-6200 Online ISSN: 1740-7931

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The ‘Does RE Work?’ Project, part of the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, ran from 2007-2011. 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 practiced 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 toward 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: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Religious Education [12th December 2017], and is available online
Keywords: Ethnography; Meaning; Religious Education Policy; Secondary.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: David Lundie
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 10:20
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2018 14:03

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