Science and RE teachers' perspectives on the purpose of RE on the secondary school curriculum in England

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Woolley, M., Bowie, R. A., Hulbert, S., Thomas, C., Riordan, J. and Revell, L. 2022. Science and RE teachers' perspectives on the purpose of RE on the secondary school curriculum in England. Curriculum Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.191
AuthorsWoolley, M., Bowie, R. A., Hulbert, S., Thomas, C., Riordan, J. and Revell, L.
Abstract

Renewed interest in curriculum in English schooling over the past decade has emanated from a particular focus on the place and role of knowledge in the classroom. Significant changes in policy and examination specifications have led to changes in religious education (RE). However, little is known about teachers' perspectives on the purpose of RE. We asked teachers of science and RE what they understood as the purpose of RE on the school curriculum. Data from 10 focus groups and a survey with 276 secondary teachers demonstrated that many secondary teachers of science have a different understanding to RE teachers of the purpose of RE on the school curriculum. Findings also show a lack of consensus from RE teachers on the purpose of RE, suggesting the impact of the knowledge turn in RE is not as strong as the Ofsted Research Review implies. Findings are significant as little is known about how knowledge works across disciplinary boundaries in schools. If students are to come to a full understanding of how knowledge works, teachers need to have some understanding of how knowledge is being constructed and utilised in other curriculum subjects. Knowledge of the intended purpose of RE is important for respectful co-existence of subjects on the curriculum and essential when RE is declining as a subject in secondary schools.

KeywordsReligious education; Purpose of religious education; Knowledge of curriculum; Ofsted research review; Inter-disciplinary learning (IDL)
Year2022
JournalCurriculum Journal
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0958-5176
1469-3704
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.191
Official URLhttps://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/curj.191
FunderTempleton World Charity Foundation (TWCF)
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Accepted19 Oct 2022
Deposited24 Nov 2022
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