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Compiled by Rachael Jackson-Royal This research update is particularly useful for ITE providers (especially in the primary sector) as well as teachers focusing on religious experience or even religious language. In the...
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Research Update

This research update is particularly useful for those teachers who are teaching the GCSE. The first article provides readers with a way of teaching Hinduism and Buddhism through the method of dialogue, especially as...

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Research update – Philosophical, religious and scientific perspectives on miracles

Compiled by Doctor Rachael Jackson-Royal, Head of RE at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham, and a member of the NATRE Executive. Richard Dawkins once remarked that ‘the nineteenth century is the last time...
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Research update – Dialogic RE: developing cumulative talk and exploratory talk

Compiled by Doctor Rachael Jackson-Royal, Head of RE at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham, and a member of the NATRE Executive. Towards the end of a 30-year career I stumbled across, almost literally, an...
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Research update – Research into spirituality and autistic persons at the University of Birmingham

Hayrunisa Pelge of the University of Birmingham is currently undertaking a doctorate looking at spirituality and autistic persons, focusing particularly on the role that spirituality plays in the lives of autistic...
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Research update – Research into the use of critical thinking within religious education at King’s College, University of London (UCL)

Researchers at King’s College, University of London and the UCL Institute of Education have been working hard looking at ways in which the pedagogy of Critical Religious Education (CRE) – credited to Professor Andy...
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Research update

This edition of the research update contains two very different summaries of current work that is being undertaken within the field of RE. The first discusses a project at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values...

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Research update: Freedom of religion and freedom of religious clothing

Over the past few years, the Religions and Education Research Unit at Warwick University (WRERU) has undertaken a large-scale research project focusing upon ‘Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity’,...
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Research Poster: ‘The perfect pupil’

changing aims and changing measures of success in school RE Researchers: Mairi Levitt, senior lecturer in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, and Fiona Muir, now teaching RMPS at...
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The Evil-god challenge

For thousands of years, the belief has persisted that there exists one sole God who is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-good. If we disregard traditions and pre-conceived notions regarding God’s moral nature, however,...
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Philosophy, theology and analytic theology

Professor Oliver D. Crisp The study of the philosophy of religion and ethics has been an area of real growth in RS A level over the last few decades. It is a subject that lends itself to a wide range of future courses of...
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Research update

A research project run by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, and funded by St Luke’s Trust, on ‘bridging the gaps’ in trainee and newly qualified teachers’ subject knowledge. This...
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A joint research initiative between NATRE and the University of Bristol aimed at promoting better community relations in RE lessons through the use of contact theory. A team of researchers at the University of Bristol...
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Science and religion: reframing the conversation

Carmody Grey ‘Science’ is a major conversation partner for religion in our society. Testing and scrutinising religious doctrines in light of scientific facts is perhaps the key mode in which faith claims are assessed...
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Research Update: Darwin’s Jews

Daniel Langton Evolution had been in the air well before Charles Darwin arrived on the scene. European and North American Jews from across the religious spectrum had, like their Christian counterparts, long been familiar...
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Moving between two educational traditions and Research in Christian education

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Research update

In this research update, there are two very different snapshots of work that is occurring within the field of RE. The first is a summary of the doctoral work of Matthew Vince, who has been focusing on the experiences...

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Research update

In this edition of Research update Dr Patricia Hannam discusses her work with Brunel University, which focuses on what she feels are the forgotten dimensions of RE. This is followed by an overview of Research for RE, the...
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Researching religious integration (Emma Godshaw, University of Bristol)
Researching the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus (Simone Whitehouse, University of Birmingham)

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Research update on the Shared Space project – a joint initiative with NATRE and Bristol University

Over the past year the Shared Space project has been proceeding apace. Shared Space explores whether positive community relations can be promoted in RE lessons, an important claim for the subject made in the...