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How Different is Religious Education in Catholic Schools?: A study of teacher aims in England

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A sample of 285 teachers concerned with teaching religious education in state maintained secondary schools completed a questionnaire concerned with five different aims in religious education. The data demonstrate that teachers in Roman Catholic schools give the same emphasis as teachers in non-denominational schools to four of these aims: to understand the influence of religion, to think critically about religion, to reflect on ultimate questions, and to develop a positive attitude toward religion. At the same time teachers in Roman Catholic schools give greater emphasis than teachers in non-denominational schools to the confessional aim of promoting a religious way of life.

Affiliations: 1: North of England Institute for Christian Education and University of Durham ; 2: University of Wales Bangor and The Welsh National Center for Religious Education ; 3: North of England Institute for Christian Education ; 4: University of Durham


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