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Books in the series: Routledge Research in Religion and Education

Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation

Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation

Author: Darryl W. Stephens Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2020

This volume combines insights from secular sexuality education, trauma studies, and embodiment to explore effective strategies for teaching sexuality and religion in colleges, universities, and seminaries. Contributors to this volume address a variety of sexuality-related issues including reproductive rights, military prostitution, gender, fidelity, queerness, sexual trauma, and veiling from the perspective of multiple religious faiths. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars present pedagogy and classroom strategies appropriate for secular and religious institutional contexts. By foregrounding a combination of 'perspective transformation' and 'embodied learning' as a means of increasing students' appreciation for the varied social, psychological, theological and cultural contexts in which attitudes to sexuality develop, the volume posits sexuality as a critical element of teaching about religion in higher education. This book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, and libraries in the fields of Religious Studies, Religious Education, Gender & Sexuality, Religion & Education and Sociology of Religion.

Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education

Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education

Author: John Hilton III Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

This edited collection helps those teaching religion in higher education utilize technology to increase student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Recent times have seen major technological shifts that have important implications for how religion is taught at a post-secondary level. Providing multiple perspectives on a range of topics-including social media use and interactive classroom learning -this book presents a series of original case studies and insights on how technology can be used in religion classes in higher education to improve student learning.

A History of Islamic Schooling in North America Mapping Growth and Evolution

A History of Islamic Schooling in North America Mapping Growth and Evolution

Author: Nadeem A. (University of Toronto, Canada) Memon Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

This insightful text challenges popular belief that faith-based Islamic schools isolate Muslim learners, impose dogmatic religious views, and disregard academic excellence. This book attempts to paint a starkly different picture. Grounded in the premise that not all Islamic schools are the same, the historical narratives illustrate varied visions and approaches to Islamic schooling that showcase a richness of educational thought and aspiration. A History of Islamic Schooling in North America traces the growth and evolution of elementary and secondary private Islamic schools in Canada and the United States. Intersecting narratives between schools established by indigenous African American Muslims as early as the 1930s with those established by immigrant Muslim communities in the 1970s demonstrate how and why Islamic Education is in a constant, ongoing process of evolution, renewal, and adaptation. Drawing on the voices, perspectives, and narratives of pioneers and visionaries who established the earliest Islamic schools, chapters articulate why Islamic schools were established, what distinguishes them from one another, and why they continue to be important. This book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, teaching professionals in the fields of Islamic education, religious studies, multicultural education curriculum studies, and faith-based teacher education.

The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States

The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States

Author: Nathan C. Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2019

Examining the twelve-decade legal conflict of government bans on religious garb worn by teachers in U.S. public schools, this book provides comprehensive documentation and analysis of the historical origins and subsequent development of teachers' religious garb in relation to contemporary legal challenges within the United Nations and the European Union. By identifying and correcting factual errors in the literature about historical bans on teachers' garb, Walker demonstrates that there are still substantial and unresolved legal questions to the constitutionality of state garb statutes and reflects on how the contemporary conflicts are historically rooted. Showcased through a wealth of laws and case studies, this book is divided into eight clear and concise chapters and answers questions such as: what are anti-religious-garb laws?; how have the state and federal court decisions evolved?; what are the constitutional standards?; what are the establishment clause and free exercise clause arguments?; and how has this impacted current debates on teachers' religious garb?, before concluding with an informative summary of the points discussed throughout. The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers' Religious Garb is the ideal resource for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education, religion, education policy, sociology of education, and law, or those looking to explore an in-depth development of the laws and debates surrounding teachers' religious garb within the last 125 years.

Improving the Pedagogy of Islamic Religious Education in Secondary Schools The Role of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory

Improving the Pedagogy of Islamic Religious Education in Secondary Schools The Role of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory

Author: Ayse Demirel Ucan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

This timely book focusses on the central issues and questions which emerge in relation to the teaching and learning of Islam in confessional and constructivist religious education. Considering the consequences of a lack of diversity in the Islamic Religious Education curriculum, the text also explores the challenges faced by Muslim pupils in connection with secularism and radical Islam. Through rich analysis of research carried out across Muslim and public secondary schools in the UK, this book develops a meaningful pedagogy of Islamic Religious Education. In particular, the volume investigates the benefits of Critical Religious Education and Variation Theory frameworks on student learning in Religious Education classrooms and illustrates how these didactic frameworks can help to ameliorate distinct problems seen across Islamic Religious Education. Chapters identify discrete pedagogical issues that arise in the confessional and constructivist approaches to Islamic Education, such as students' difficulties in relating to concept of Islam, and progressive approaches taken in public schools. In addressing these, the text proposes a new theoretical and pedagogical approach to the teaching of Islam, which draws on the philosophy of Critical Realism, the theories of Critical Religious Education, and Variation Theory. This book will be of great interest to postgraduate students, researcher scholars and academics in the fields of religion and education and Islamic studies. In addition, it will be of interest to social equity professionals and public policy decision makers.

Faith, Diversity, and Education An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian School

Faith, Diversity, and Education An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian School

Author: Allison Blosser Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2019

This volume explores how conservative Christian schools are shaping education in America and in turn, students' attitudes about diversity. Based on data collected as part of a year-long, ethnographic study of a K-12 conservative, Christian school in the South, this volume analyzes the way that diversity was thought about and acted upon in a school, and how these decisions affected students and teachers across racial differences. The book demonstrates that conservative Christian theology defined a school's diversity efforts. It also reveals the complexity of addressing diversity in a context that is largely wary of it, at least in its typical secular usage. The findings presented in the book raise important questions about school vouchers, the influence of religious beliefs on educators' decision-making in schools, the morality and existence of Christian schools, and diversity initiatives in white spaces. Faith, Diversity, and Education: An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian School will be of great interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of education, sociology and religion.

Philosophies of Islamic Education Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses

Philosophies of Islamic Education Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses

Author: Mujadad Zaman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2019

The study of Islamic education has hitherto remained a tangential inquiry in the broader focus of Islamic Studies. In the wake of this neglect, a renaissance of sorts has occurred in recent years, reconfiguring the importance of Islam's attitudes to knowledge, learning and education as paramount in the study and appreciation of Islamic civilization. Philosophies of Islamic Education, stands in tandem to this call and takes a pioneering step in establishing the importance of its study for the educationalist, academic and student alike. Broken into four sections, it deals with theological, pedagogic, institutional and contemporary issues reflecting the diverse and often competing notions and practices of Islamic education. As a unique international collaboration bringing into conversation theologians, historians, philosophers, teachers and sociologists of education Philosophies of Islamic Education intends to provide fresh means for conversing with contemporary debates in ethics, secularization theory, child psychology, multiculturalism, interfaith dialogue and moral education. In doing so, it hopes to offer an important and timely contribution to educational studies as well as give new insight for academia in terms of conceiving learning and education.

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

Author: Nigel (The University of Winchester, UK) Tubbs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2019

The Western tradition has long held the view that while it is possible to know that God exists, it nevertheless remains impossible to know what God is. The ineffability of the monotheistic God extends to each of the Abrahamic faiths. In this volume, Tubbs considers Aristotle's logic of mastery and questions the assumptions upon which God's ineffability rests. Part I explores the tensions between the philosophical definition of the One as thought thinking itself (the Aristotelian concept of noesis noeseos) and the educational vocation of the individual as know thyself (gnothi seuton). Identifying vulnerabilities in the logic of mastery, Tubbs puts forth an original logic of education, which he calls modern metaphysics, or a logic of learning and education. Part II explores this new educational logic of the divine as a logic of tears, as a dreadful religious teacher, and as a way to cohere the three Abrahamic faiths in an educational concept of monotheism.

Christian Higher Education and Postmodernity Institutional Fallibilism

Christian Higher Education and Postmodernity Institutional Fallibilism

Author: P. Jesse Rine Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2019

There has been much dialogue among higher education scholars regarding the implications of the emergent postmodern paradigm, and thought leaders in the evangelical world have noted with concern the postmodern challenge to exclusivist truth claims. However, few have sought to situate the challenges Christian higher education faces within the larger shifts in practice taking place across the wider postsecondary sector. This volume is the first to describe an empirically-informed model for Christian colleges and universities to successfully address the challenges of postmodernity. This volume broadly draws upon recent cultural and philosophical history to describe the present institutional context, using organizational theory to explore the competing demands found within the Christian college's key constituencies. It introduces new testing models for institutional practice, and concludes with a consideration of how institutional fallibilism might contribute to a reconstructed public sphere in postmodernity.

Investigating Political Tolerance at Conservative Protestant Colleges and Universities

Investigating Political Tolerance at Conservative Protestant Colleges and Universities

Author: George Yancey, Laurel Shaler, Jerald H. Walz Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2019

This book aims to investigate the level of political tolerance at conservative Protestant colleges and universities. Through innovative and methodologically sophisticated techniques, the authors test the political openness of these institutions as a proxy for their willingness to accept opinions that fall outside of those held by their religious community. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is an insular environment at conservative Protestant institutions beyond religious obligations, or if these institutions are only restrictive as it concerns those theological commitments. Drawing from five distinct sets of data, the authors demonstrate that conservative Protestant institutions of higher education exhibit more political diversity and political tolerance than other institutions of higher education, including elite 'Research 1' institutions.

Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education

Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education

Author: Manfred L. Pirner Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2019

In order to draw out the relationship between publicly-oriented Christianity and education, this book demonstrates that education is an important method and prerequisite of public theology, as well as an urgent object of public theology research's attention. Featuring work from diverse academic disciplines-including religion education, theology, philosophy, and religious studies-this edited collection also contends with the educational challenges that come with the decline of religion on the one hand and its transformation and regained public relevance on the other. Taken together, the contributions to this volume provide a comprehensive argument for why education deserves systematic attention in the context of public theology discourse, and vice versa.

Religious Education as a Dialogue with Difference Fostering Democratic Citizenship Through the Study of Religions in Schools

Religious Education as a Dialogue with Difference Fostering Democratic Citizenship Through the Study of Religions in Schools

Author: Kevin O'Grady Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Religious Education as a Dialogue with Difference addresses current issues over the study of religion in publicly maintained schools. Are liberal, inclusive approaches to the study of religion suited to the aims of education in a democracy? Do liberal democratic aims offer the right framework for the study of religion? By presenting research on English secondary school pupils' motivation in religious education, this volume argues that religious education is best understood as a democratic dialogue with difference. The book offers empirical evidence for this claim, and it demonstrates how learners gain in religious literacy, both through the exercise of democratic citizenship in the classroom and towards the goal of life-long democratic citizenship.

Public Theology, Religious Diversity, and Interreligious Learning

Public Theology, Religious Diversity, and Interreligious Learning

Author: Manfred L. Pirner Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2018

This book describes the relationship of Christian Public Theology to other religions and their ways of contributing to the common good. It also promotes mutual learning processes in public education to strengthen the public role and responsibility of religions in pluralistic societies. This volume brings together not only public education and public theology, but also scholars from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, cultural studies, and sociology, and from different parts of the world. By doing so, the book intends to widen the horizon and provide fresh impulses for public theology as well as the discourse on public religious education.

Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education

Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education

Author: John Hilton III Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2018

This edited collection helps those teaching religion in higher education utilize technology to increase student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Recent times have seen major technological shifts that have important implications for how religion is taught at a post-secondary level. Providing multiple perspectives on a range of topics-including social media use and interactive classroom learning -this book presents a series of original case studies and insights on how technology can be used in religion classes in higher education to improve student learning.

Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries

Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries

Author: Mara Brecht Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

This volume explores the twenty-first century classroom as a uniquely intergenerational space of religious disaffiliation, and questions about how our work in the classroom can be, and is being, re-imagined for the new generation. The culturally hybrid identity of Millennials shapes their engagement with religious others on campus and in the classroom, pushing educators of comparative theology to develop new pedagogical strategies that leverage ways of seeing and interacting with their teachers and classmates. Reflecting on religious traditions such as Islam, Judaism, African Traditional Religions, Hinduism, Christianity, and agnosticism/atheism, this volume theorizes the theological outcomes of current pedagogies and the shifting contours of comparative theological discourse.

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics The Logic of Know Thyself

Author: Nigel (The University of Winchester, UK) Tubbs Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2017

The Western tradition has long held the view that while it is possible to know that God exists, it nevertheless remains impossible to know what God is. The ineffability of the monotheistic God extends to each of the Abrahamic faiths. In this volume, Tubbs considers Aristotle's logic of mastery and questions the assumptions upon which God's ineffability rests. Part I explores the tensions between the philosophical definition of the One as thought thinking itself (the Aristotelian concept of noesis noeseos) and the educational vocation of the individual as know thyself (gnothi seuton). Identifying vulnerabilities in the logic of mastery, Tubbs puts forth an original logic of education, which he calls modern metaphysics, or a logic of learning and education. Part II explores this new educational logic of the divine as a logic of tears, as a dreadful religious teacher, and as a way to cohere the three Abrahamic faiths in an educational concept of monotheism.

Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

Author: Vincent F. Biondo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2016

This book focuses on the problem of religious diversity, civil dialogue, and religion education in public schools, exploring the ways in which atheists, secularists, fundamentalists, and mainstream religionists come together in the public sphere, examining how civil discourse about religion fit swithin the ideals of the American political and pedagogical systems and how religious studies education can help to foster civility and toleration.

International Perspectives on Education, Religion and Law

International Perspectives on Education, Religion and Law

Author: Charles J. Russo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2016

This volume examines the legal status of religion in education, both public and non-public, in the United States and seven other nations. It will stimulate further interest, research, and debate on comparative analyses on the role of religion in schools at a time when the place of religion is of vital interest in most parts of the world. This interdisciplinary volume includes chapters by leading academicians and is designed to serve as a resource for researchers and educational practitioners, providing readers with an enhanced awareness of strategies for addressing the role of religion in rapidly diversifying educational settings. There is currently a paucity of books devoted solely to the topic written for interdisciplinary and international audiences involving educators and lawyers, and this book will clarify the legal complexities and technical language among the law, education, and religion.

Philosophies of Islamic Education Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses

Philosophies of Islamic Education Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses

Author: Mujadad Zaman Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2016

The study of Islamic education has hitherto remained a tangential inquiry in the broader focus of Islamic Studies. In the wake of this neglect, a renaissance of sorts has occurred in recent years, reconfiguring the importance of Islam's attitudes to knowledge, learning and education as paramount in the study and appreciation of Islamic civilization. Philosophies of Islamic Education, stands in tandem to this call and takes a pioneering step in establishing the importance of its study for the educationalist, academic and student alike. Broken into four sections, it deals with theological, pedagogic, institutional and contemporary issues reflecting the diverse and often competing notions and practices of Islamic education. As a unique international collaboration bringing into conversation theologians, historians, philosophers, teachers and sociologists of education Philosophies of Islamic Education intends to provide fresh means for conversing with contemporary debates in ethics, secularization theory, child psychology, multiculturalism, interfaith dialogue and moral education. In doing so, it hopes to offer an important and timely contribution to educational studies as well as give new insight for academia in terms of conceiving learning and education.

Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries

Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries

Author: Mara Brecht Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/12/2015

This volume explores the twenty-first century classroom as a uniquely intergenerational space of religious disaffiliation, and questions about how our work in the classroom can be, and is being, re-imagined for the new generation. The culturally hybrid identity of Millennials shapes their engagement with religious others on campus and in the classroom, pushing educators of comparative theology to develop new pedagogical strategies that leverage ways of seeing and interacting with their teachers and classmates. Reflecting on religious traditions such as Islam, Judaism, African Traditional Religions, Hinduism, Christianity, and agnosticism/atheism, this volume theorizes the theological outcomes of current pedagogies and the shifting contours of comparative theological discourse.

International Perspectives on Education, Religion and Law

International Perspectives on Education, Religion and Law

Author: Charles J. Russo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2014

This volume examines the legal status of religion in education, both public and non-public, in the United States and seven other nations. It will stimulate further interest, research, and debate on comparative analyses on the role of religion in schools at a time when the place of religion is of vital interest in most parts of the world. This interdisciplinary volume includes chapters by leading academicians and is designed to serve as a resource for researchers and educational practitioners, providing readers with an enhanced awareness of strategies for addressing the role of religion in rapidly diversifying educational settings. There is currently a paucity of books devoted solely to the topic written for interdisciplinary and international audiences involving educators and lawyers, and this book will clarify the legal complexities and technical language among the law, education, and religion.

Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

Author: Vincent F. Biondo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/12/2013

This book focuses on the problem of religious diversity, civil dialogue, and religion education in public schools, exploring the ways in which atheists, secularists, fundamentalists, and mainstream religionists come together in the public sphere, examining how civil discourse about religion fit swithin the ideals of the American political and pedagogical systems and how religious studies education can help to foster civility and toleration.

Religion in Education Innovation in International Research

Religion in Education Innovation in International Research

Author: Joyce (University of Warwick, UK) Miller Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2013

This volume explores numerous themes (including the influence of ethnography on religious education research and pedagogy, the interpretive approach to religious education, the relationship between research and classroom practice in religious education), providing a critique of contemporary religious education and exploring the implications of this critique for initial and continuing teacher education.