Educators’ Consultations: Religion in Education and the REDCo project
Following its mandate to bridge research and educational practice, the EWC implemented its 2010 series of educators’ consultation on Religion in Education, in several European countries. The events gathered more than 150 education professionals and other multipliers to discuss the key findings of a European research project on Religion in Education (REDCo), and to make them applicable in their own working fields.
REDCo explored the attitudes of young people about personal experience with religion, the social dimension of religion, and religion in school in eight European countries. The results indicate e.g. that school is a desired “safe space” for encounters with the convictions of others.
Dr. Claudia Lenz, EWC
Participants, among them teachers, teacher trainers, students, community representatives and researcher, expressed a strong motivation to use religious diversity in classrooms as a source of intercultural competences. Many agreed that more opportunities for professional development with regard to methodologies and "tailor sewed" approaches are needed.
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Robert Jackson has written the editorial for the next issue of
the British Journal of Religious Education, which will be a special issue on Religion in Education. You are welcome to download the Editorial