The implicit knowledge structure preferred by questions in English Religious Studies public exams

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Bowie, R. 2021. The implicit knowledge structure preferred by questions in English Religious Studies public exams. in: Religion and education: The forgotten dimensions of religious education Leiden Brill. pp. 112-123
AuthorsBowie, R.
Abstract

This chapter is not so much a critique of an exam, as an analysis of religious education (RE) through a study of the principle question structure used in exams, and the kind of answer responses that can become norms. This reveals implicit knowledge structures that implicitly prefer binary argumentation rather than nuanced and contextual discussion, literalism and proof texting with sacred texts rather than polyphonic multidimensionality and contextual readings, and contradictory rather than compatible differences. The question structures in exams assert a kind of knowledge in RE constructed by and for examinations. For the most part they do not test disciplinary knowledge and forms of religious knowing have no recognized place.

KeywordsExaminations; Argumentation; Proof text
Page range112-123
Year2021
Book titleReligion and education: The forgotten dimensions of religious education
PublisherBrill
Output statusIn press
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All rights reserved (under embargo)
File Access Level
Controlled
Place of publicationLeiden
ISBN9789004446397
Publication dates
Print17 Dec 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted31 Aug 2020
Deposited28 Oct 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004446397
Official URLhttps://brill.com/view/title/59436
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