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New film production

Rob Freathy, Esther D. Reed, Anna Davis and Brian J. Turner have produced a short film introducing the narrative approach to Religious Education in schools developed through their research project The Art of Narrative Theology in Religious Education funded by the Bible Society.  

 

The Network holds regular meetings throughout the academic year.  The provide a forum for members to present ongoing or completed research; short introductions to new research projects; discussion of draft research papers or grant applications; notifications of events and publications; and so forth. We are particularly keen to encourage postgraduate and early career researchers to present their work for the purpose of receiving constructive formative feedback.  Meeting dates are detailed in the events listing below.  If you would like to attend our meetings please email the network convenor, Professor Rob Freathy.

The Network will be hosting Dr Joanne Pearce (University College London) on 8th May 2018 as part of the Graduate School of Education Research Seminar Series. Please see the event listing below for full details.  All are welcome to attend.

Professor Lina Woodhead (Lancaster University)
GSE Research Seminar Series, March 2017 March 2017
Religion in Schools: cultural change in Britain and the need for reform
A recording of the semianr is available on the student intranet

Martha Shaw & Professor Adam Dinham (Goldsmith University)
GSE Research Seminar Series, October 2016
RE for Real: Towards a religiously literate curriculum
A recording of the seminar is available on the student intranet

David Aldridge (Oxford Brookes University)
GSE Research Seminar Series, February 2016
Instructional triangles, belonging, and the knowledge-led curriculum
A recording of the seminar is available on the student intranet.

Dr Julia Ipgrave (University of Warwick)
GSE Research Seminar Series, November 2015
Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity: perspectives from across the UK
A recording of the seminar is available on the student intranet.

R. Freathy (invited speaker) presented ‘Enquiry-based Theological Learning in the RE Classroom’. Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division and The National Society. Church House, Westminster, London. 27th and 28th April 2015. 

R. Freathy, E. D. Reed and A. Davis (invited speakers) presented ‘Theological Enquiry in the RE Classroom: A Narrative Approach’. Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division and The National Society. Church House, Westminster, London. 27th and 28th April 2015.

R. Freathy and G. Freathy  (invited speakers) presented ‘The RE-searchers: A Critical, Dialogic and Enquiry-based Approach to RE’. RE-imaging RE. Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, Oxford. 24th April 2015. Watch a short-film of Rob introducing the RE-searchers approach here.

R. Freathy, E. D. Reed, A. Davis and B. J. Turner (invited speakers) ‘The Art of Bible Reading: A Narrative Approach’.Dialogue Australasia Network Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 10th April 2015. 

R. Freathy and F. Schweitzer presented ‘The relationship between the “professional quality” of teaching and the “professionalization” of teachers — The example of RE’. Teacher Professionalization and the Professional Quality of Religious Education: An International Symposium, University of Exeter, UK, March 2015.

Professor Vivienne Baumfield (Univeristy of Glasgow) 
Graduate School of Education Research Seminar Serieis, December 2014. 
‘Back to the Future’? Curriculum Development through Pedagogical Inquiry.
recording of this seminar is now available for staff and students.

R Freathy and S.G. Parker presented ‘Towards international comparative research on the professionalization of Religious Education’. History of Education Society Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, November 2014.

LTLRE (LeaRn/tEach/Lead: enhancing RE in the south-west) Conference, 16-17 October 2014
Dr Geoff Teece and Dr Karen Walshe gave a keynote presentation at the recent LTLRE 2014 Conference.  The address disseminated findings from ‘Understanding ‘understanding’ in RE research project funded by the Farmington Institute.
Dr Rob Freathy and Giles Freathy also gave a plenary presentation on ‘Understanding the learning journey in RE through the RE-searchers approach’ based on the collaborative project ‘RE-searchers: A critical dialogic approach to RE in primary schools’ funded by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.

Presentation by Ismael Louber on western Muslim EFL teachers’ perceptions of the relationship between teaching English as a foreign language and Islamic values. 20th January 2014.

Dr Rob Freathy co-presented three papers at the recent History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013.

  • ‘How to get published’. (M. Freeman, S. Wright, J. Doney, R. Freathy and G. McCulloch). 
  • ‘Testimonies, teaching and testaments: using Oral Life History interviews to enrich the historiography of English Religious Education’. (J. Doney, S. Parker and R. Freathy). 
  • ‘‘Going Un-Christian’? Religious Education, the Church of England, and Church-State Relations, 1965-1970’. (S. Parker and R. Freathy). 

Invited Lecture by Dr Rob Freathy, ‘Taking a historical perspective’, Canterbury Christchurch University. July 2013.

Seminar by Dr Nasser Mansour on Science teachers’ beliefs and practices.  Autumn 2013.

Dr Liam Gearon (University of Oxford)
GSE Research Seminar Series, November 2013
On Holy Ground
recording of the seminar is available here.

Discussion led by Dr Karen Walshe on Understanding 'understanding' in Religious Education (Abstract). 21st January 2013. 

Seminar by Professor Rupert Wegerif entitled Dialogic theory, Spirituality and R.E.  22nd April 2013. R Wegerif powerpoint presentation April 2013

Discussion led by Dr Rob Freathy on a research proposal for ‘RE-searchers: A critical realist and dialogic approach to RE in primary schools’. 1st July 2013.

Network members regularly contribute to national and international conferences and seminars. Recently, these have included:

  • American Adult Education Research Conference (AERC)
  • Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE)
  • Annual ConferenceBritish Educational Research Association Conference (BERA)
  • British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT)
  • Council of the University of the ArcticHistory of Education Society (HES)Annual Conference
  • International Seminar for Religious Education and Values (ISREV)
  • International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE)
  • Inter-University (Ireland and England) Research Colloquium for Research Students in Religion and Education
  • LeaRn/tEach/Lead: enhancing RE in the south-west (LTLRE)
  • Nordic Conference on Religious Education (NCRE)
  • Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)
  • Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore
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14 December 2017

Religion, Spirituality and Education Network meeting

This network brings together researchers with an interest in the areas of religion, spirituality and education and provides a lively and supportive space in which to share ideas and beliefs and to compare them with those from other disciplines and cultural backgrounds; and to explore new syntheses and emerging understandings within the network and the wider society. Full details
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8 March 2018

Religion, Spirituality and Education Network meeting

This network brings together researchers with an interest in the areas of religion, spirituality and education and provides a lively and supportive space in which to share ideas and beliefs and to compare them with those from other disciplines and cultural backgrounds; and to explore new syntheses and emerging understandings within the network and the wider society. Full details
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8 May 2018

Seminar by Dr Joanne Pearce (University College London) From Anthroposophy to non-confessional preparation for spirituality?

It has been suggested common schools might be able to learn from spiritual education in Steiner schools. This assumes practice in Steiner schools is compatible with the aims of spiritual education in common schools. I question this by considering whether the former is confessional, as the latter should not be. I explain how my concern about the potentially confessional nature of Steiner spiritual education arose. I then argue for a nuanced understanding of confessional education, distinguishing between ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ confessional education, as well as between confessional education as intentional and as defined by outcome. I argue that spiritual education in common schools should prepare pupils for spirituality, without being confessional. I consider whether Steiner schools are confessional by drawing upon findings from research conducted at six Steiner schools. Full details
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