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The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education - Routledge International Handbooks of Education (Hardback)
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education - Routledge International Handbooks of Education (Hardback)

The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education - Routledge International Handbooks of Education (Hardback)

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Hardback 420 Pages / Published: 06/08/2012
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How and what to teach about religion is controversial in every country. The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education is the first book to comprehensively address the range of ways that major countries around the world teach religion in public and private educational institutions.

It discusses how three models in particular seem to dominate the landscape. Countries with strong cultural traditions focused on a majority religion tend to adopt an "identification model," where instruction is provided only in the tenets of the majority religion, often to the detriment of other religions and their adherents. Countries with traditions that differentiate church and state tend to adopt a "separation model," thus either offering instruction in a wide range of religions, or in some cases teaching very little about religion, intentionally leaving it to religious institutions and the home setting to provide religious instruction. Still other countries attempt "managed pluralism," in which neither one, nor many, but rather a limited handful of major religious traditions are taught. Inevitably, there are countries which do not fit any of these dominant models and the range of methods touched upon in this book will surprise even the most enlightened reader.

Religious instruction by educational institutions in 53 countries and regions of the world are explored by experts native to each country. These chapters discuss:

Legal parameters in terms of subjective versus objective instruction in religion

Constitutional, statutory, social and political contexts to religious approaches

Distinctions between the kinds of instruction permitted in elementary and secondary schools versus what is allowed in institutions of higher learning.

Regional assessments which provide a welcome overview and comparison.

This comprehensive and authoritative volume will appeal to educators, scholars, religious leaders, politicians, and others interested in how religion and education interface around the world.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415536301
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 953 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm


"Timely and timeless. These are two words that aptly describe The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education. As the first of its kind, this handbook is a timely contribution to the study of religion and education throughout the world. The data is fresh, and the analysis is comprehensive... a publication that has already significantly advanced the comparative study of religion and education." - Nathan C. Walker, Journal of Religion and Education

"This handbook deals impressively with the fundamentals of RE in 50 different countries, a task that has not been attempted before. It also outlines solutions of the state/religion/education triangle in all continents and main religions. That makes it a necessity for scholars and teachers of RE and for academics and researchers in other fields such as theology, sociology, educational studies, religious studies, political science and jurisprudence." - E. Kuusisto, Journal of Empirical Theology 27 (2014).

"[This book] should be in the reference area of every university library, especially those of religiously based educational institiuions." - Ted Newell, Journal of Christian Education and Belief

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