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Title: A new vision for religious education : the evolution of divergent models of religious education towards a convergence based upon new metaphors
Author: Chater, Mark
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis re-examines the philosophical bases of religious education. It explores the historical assumption that the two models of R.E., confessional and non-confessional, exist in opposition to each other. This assumption is questioned and found unsatisfactory by means of a critical review and development of selected theorists, among them Hull, Grimmitt, Groome and Moran. It is argued that the two models can be more convergent and consistent with each other than previously envisaged. The possibilities of further convergence are tested in two ways. First, there is a discussion of the work of the confessionalist Thomas Groome alongside two non-confessionalists, Michael Grimmitt and Alex Rodger. Next, there is a documentary and statistical analysis of the agreement between the two models in practice in the Scottish system. Both tests reveal substantial agreement between the models together with some theoretical and practical factors which will impede any full convergence both now and in the future. The thesis offers a new vision for the subject, using metaphors from psychotherapy and liberation theology. These metaphors are applied to R.E.'s internal dynamics between pupils, teacher, religions, faith communities, and the wider society. In the conclusion, some unresolved issues and remaining tasks are identified.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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