Articles by Geoff Teece

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In this issue we have reviews from two members of the RE Today team who have clearly made good use of lockdown time for some significant reading. Lat Blaylock’s review of James W. Sire’s book on philosophical...

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Religion and Worldviews: discipline or disciplines?

In writing about identities in his editorial to Spring’s edition of REtoday (Volume 38, Number 2, p. 3) Lat Blaylock says, ‘The question “Who am I?” doesn’t seem adequate to me – we are forever changing,...

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Janet Dyson, Reviews Editor The two reviews in this edition will be of particular interest to those involved in teaching and research, and to teachers and students of philosophy. In the first review, Geoff Teece commends...
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Religions and Worldviews: The way forward?

Since the publication of the Commission on RE’s report, the title of which heads our editorial this term, there has been much discussed and written about its recommendations. This writing, a sample of which is...
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What kind of education do we want?

For RE, in recent times autumn seems to be more significant than merely the start of another academic year. September 2018 saw the publication of the final report of the Commission on RE. As I write this it is October...
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The joys and challenges of ‘teaching religion’

When I was studying for my MEd at the University of Birmingham I majored in Curriculum Studies and Philosophy of Education, with a focus on ethics and epistemology. One of our lecturers, Dr Mike Degenhardt, arranged for...
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Both of the reviewers in this issue have urged us, as professionals involved in RE, to make time for our own reading, going beyond texts we are obliged to read to explore those that provoke us to think more widely and...

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The ‘thinking community of RE’

I doubt if there is anybody reading this who is not at least aware of the Commission on Religious Education final report published in September 2018. Many of you will have seen Ben Wood on BBC Breakfast or heard him on...
Opinion
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What’s the problem? Religion and human nature

Geoff Teece, RE teacher trainer at the University of Exeter, explores religions through the accounts they give of the flaws and failings of human nature. Are faiths best understood as prescriptions for ailing...

Theory and practice
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What is meant by … ‘learning from religion’?

Though some key recent documents have dispensed with the distinction between learning ‘about’ and ‘from’ religion as a way of capturing the dynamic of RE, this image of RE has become embedded in the thinking...

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The nature and purpose of RE?

My friend and ex-colleague John Rudge often referred to RE as being like Halley’s Comet: it shoots into view every 75 years, making it possible for each of us to see it twice in his or her lifetime. The comet was last...
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The two publications reviewed here are of particular value to teachers of RE and those involved in teacher education. Julia Diamond-Conway explores and critiques an exciting approach to developing a pedagogy for teaching...
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Hello and goodbye

As the legendary comedians Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett didn’t say, this edition’s editorial is really a hello from me and a goodbye from him. In truth, Bill Gent said goodbye in his last editorial (September...

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RE: telling a positive story

We are all aware, I’m sure, of the disappointment felt in RE circles about the seeming lack of enthusiasm by government to implement much of what is recommended in the Commission on RE Report. There are, of course, the...
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The spirituality of mathematics

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of...

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It’s the learning, stupid!

‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was coined by James Carville, campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H.W. Bush. If we were preparing a...
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Research and pedagogy in RE

As most of you will be aware, a central purpose of Professional REflection in REtoday is to enable teachers to engage with research from academics working in the field, translated from academic journal writing into a...
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RE: learning from history; learning from research

When reading the contributions to this edition of Professional REflection, two quotations came to mind. The first was from the Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1905): ‘Those who cannot remember the...

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RE: intimations for the future

As everyone is aware, the Commission on Religious Education – which was established to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for RE in schools in England, with the ultimate aim of improving its quality and...