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Description

This text engages preservice and practicing teachers in considering some of the complex issues related to religion and teaching that all educators face in their interactions with students, parents, administrators, and fellow teachers. The questions are not just about what is legal and what is not, but how a teacher should act in the best interests of all students, both those who are religious and those who are not.

This book does not provide answers. Its goal is to cause readers to reflect deeply on issues related to their professional decisions and actions regarding religion and teaching.

Religion and Teaching is pertinent for all prospective and practicing teachers at any stage in their teaching careers. It can be used in any undergraduate or graduate course that addresses issues of religion and teaching.

Reviews

"These reviewers recommend the text for courses in teacher education or educational administration, as it will benefit the preservice or practicing teacher who wants to understand more deeply the place of religion in public education and the diverse positions that make up the current conversation."--Brandon Sams, Educational Studies (2009), 45:6, 589-591

Contents

Contents: Series Preface. Preface. Part I: Case Studies and Reactions.

Introduction to Case 1. Case 1: "What Is Religious?" Reader Reactions to Jed and Kathy’s Disagreement. Reactions to "What Is Religious?" Reader Reactions to "What Is Religious?" Summary and Additional Questions. Introduction to Case 2. Case 2: "What Does It Mean to 'Teach' Something?" Reader Reactions to the Instructional Dispute. Reactions to "What Does It Mean to 'Teach' Something?" Reader Reactions to "What Does It Mean to 'Teach' Something?" Summary and Additional Questions. Introduction to Case 3. Case 3: "How Can Religion Be Public in a Pluralistic Society?" Reader Reactions to Public Expression of Religious Ideas. Reactions to "How Can Religion Be Public in a Pluralistic Society?" Reader Reactions to "How Can Religion Be Public in a Pluralistic Society?" Summary and Additional Questions. Introduction to Case 4. Case 4: "What Is Our Foundation for Community?" Reader Reactions to the Idea of Community. Reactions to "What Is Our Foundation for Community?" Reader Reactions to "What Is Our Foundation for Community?" Summary and Additional Questions. Introduction to Case 5. Case 5: "Do Convictions Divide?" Reader Reactions to Strong Student Religious Expression. Reactions to "Do Convictions Divide?" Reader Reactions to "Do Convictions Divide?" Summary and Additional Questions. Part II: Public Arguments. A "Secular View": Religion Kept Separate From the Public Arena. A"Religious View": Religious Perspectives Acknowledged Publicly. A "Personal Pluralistic View": Secular and Religious Worldviews Made Personal. Part III: A Final Argument, and Some Suggestions and Resources for Further Reflection. Religion and Teaching: An Abbreviated View. Exercises for Further Reflection. Conclusion.

Author Bio

Ronald Anderson is professor of education, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Name: Religion and Teaching (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Ronald D. Anderson. This text engages preservice and practicing teachers in considering some of the complex issues related to religion and teaching that all educators face in their interactions with students, parents, administrators, and fellow teachers. The questions are...
Categories: Religious Education, Multicultural Education, Primary/Elementary Education