Professor Bob Bowie


NameProfessor Bob Bowie
Job titleProfessor and Director of NICER
Research instituteSchool of Humanities and Education Studies
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8067-3480

Research outputs

Science religion encounters, epistemic trespass, neighbourliness and overlapping domains: theorisation and quantitative evidence of extent

Bowie, R., Aantjes, R., Woolley, M., Hulbert, S., Thomas, C., Revell, L. and Riordan, J. 2023. Science religion encounters, epistemic trespass, neighbourliness and overlapping domains: theorisation and quantitative evidence of extent. Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-023-00209-w

Prioritising a sense of belonging within the rural nexus: An empirical study of five rural church primary schools

Casson, A., Woolley, M., Hulbert, S. and Bowie, R. A. 2023. Prioritising a sense of belonging within the rural nexus: An empirical study of five rural church primary schools. Rural Theology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14704994.2023.2249659

Teachers' perspectives on the relationship between secondary school departments of science and religious education: Independence or mutual enrichment?

Woolley, M., Bowie, B., Hulbert, S., Thomas, C., Riordan, J. and Revell, L. 2023. Teachers' perspectives on the relationship between secondary school departments of science and religious education: Independence or mutual enrichment? The Curriculum Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.233

Teachers' perspectives on the relationship between secondary school departments of science and religious education: independence or mutual enrichment?

Woolley, M., Bowie, R. A., Hulbert, S., Thomas, C., Riordan, J. and Revell, L. 2023. Teachers' perspectives on the relationship between secondary school departments of science and religious education: independence or mutual enrichment? Curriculum Journal.

Is tolerance of faith helpful in English school policy? Reification, complexity and values education

Bowie, R. A. 2017. Is tolerance of faith helpful in English school policy? Reification, complexity and values education. Oxford Review of Education. 43 (5), pp. 536-549. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2017.1352350

Pupil-centred spiritual leadership: an empirical study of thirteen church primary school headteachers in England

Eisl, Ursula, Woolley, M., Hulbert, Sabina, Casson, Ann and Bowie, Robert A. 2023. Pupil-centred spiritual leadership: an empirical study of thirteen church primary school headteachers in England. International Studies in Catholic Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/19422539.2023.2171622

Paying attention to the spiritual flourishing of young children in church toddler groups: a scoping study evaluating the feasibility of a research study in this context

Casson, A., Woolley, M., Pittaway, Ann, Watts, Tansy, Kemp, Nicola, Bowie, B., Clemmey, Katie and Aantjes, R. 2023. Paying attention to the spiritual flourishing of young children in church toddler groups: a scoping study evaluating the feasibility of a research study in this context. Religions. 14 (2), p. 236. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14020236

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

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. The Curriculum Journal. 34 (3), pp. 487-504. https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.191

Questions open to infinity and the legitimacy of wonder in university curricula

Bowie, Robert A. and Norman, R. 2021. Questions open to infinity and the legitimacy of wonder in university curricula. Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-021-00146-6

Christian theology and school Religious Education: Exploring the relationship

Cooling, T. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Christian theology and school Religious Education: Exploring the relationship. Theology.

A meta approach to texts in Religious Education: Researching teachers’ engagement with sacred text scholarship in English secondary schools

Bowie, R. A, Clemmey, K. and Panjwani, F 2022. A meta approach to texts in Religious Education: Researching teachers’ engagement with sacred text scholarship in English secondary schools. British Journal of Religious Education. 44 (3), pp. 271-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2022.2054773

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

Bowie, R. A. 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

The collective consciousness of an RE department during curriculum change: scripture, representation, science, fear and anger

Bowie, R. A. 2020. The collective consciousness of an RE department during curriculum change: scripture, representation, science, fear and anger. Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-020-00111-9

We reap what we sew: perpetuating biblical illiteracy in new English religious studies exams and the proof text binary question

Bowie, R. A. and Coles, R. 2018. We reap what we sew: perpetuating biblical illiteracy in new English religious studies exams and the proof text binary question. British Journal of Religious Education. 40 (3), pp. 277-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2018.1493270

Multidimensional competence and the space between faith formation and scripture study

Bowie, B. 2021. Multidimensional competence and the space between faith formation and scripture study. in: Catholic education: A lifelong journey Dubin, Ireland Veritas. pp. 261-272

Stepping into sacred texts: how the Jesuits taught me to read the Bible

Bowie, R. A. 2016. Stepping into sacred texts: how the Jesuits taught me to read the Bible. in: Voss, A. and Wilson, S. (ed.) Reenchanting the Academy UK Rubedo Press.

The rise and fall of human rights in English education policy: Inescapable national interests and PREVENT

Bowie, R. A. 2017. The rise and fall of human rights in English education policy: Inescapable national interests and PREVENT. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 12 (2), pp. 111-122. https://doi.org/10.1177/1746197917693020

How Christian universities respond to extremism

Bowie, R. A. and Revell, L. 2019. How Christian universities respond to extremism. in: There is a Crack in Everything—Education and Religion in a Secular Age Basal, Switzerland MDPI. pp. 88-101

Human rights education and the post secular turn

Bowie, R. A. 2012. Human rights education and the post secular turn. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 33 (2), pp. 195-205. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2012.694062

Dignity and human rights education

Bowie, R. A. 2016. Dignity and human rights education. Oxford Peter Lang.

Ethical studies

Bowie, R. A. 2004. Ethical studies. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity: Ethics

Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity: Ethics. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Roman Catholicism: Ethics

Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Roman Catholicism: Ethics. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.

AQA Religious Studies A2: ethics: student's book

Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA Religious Studies A2: ethics: student's book. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.

PGCE secondary provision and the new curriculum

Bowie, R. A. 2009. PGCE secondary provision and the new curriculum.

How green is your god?

Bowie, R. A. 2009. How green is your god?

Promoting tolerance to schools in a time of extremism

Bowie, R. A. 2018. Promoting tolerance to schools in a time of extremism. in: Panjwani, F., Revell, L., Diboll, M. and Gholami, R. (ed.) Education and Extremisms: Rethinking Liberal Pedagogies in the Contemporary World London Routledge. pp. 204-216

Nexus Teachers' Action Pack

Casson, A., Bowie, B., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A. and Woolley, M. 2022. Nexus Teachers' Action Pack.

Interpreting texts more wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change

Bowie, R. A. 2017. Interpreting texts more wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change. in: Stuart-Buttle, R. and Shortt, J. (ed.) Christian, Faith, Formation and Education Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 211-228

Worldviews in Religious Education

Cooling, T. and Bowie, R. A. 2020. Worldviews in Religious Education. London Theos.

Measuring the effectiveness of virtuous pedagogy: a quantitative study of the What if Learning approach in Church of England schools

Hulbert, S., Cooling, T. and Bowie, R. A. 2020. Measuring the effectiveness of virtuous pedagogy: a quantitative study of the What if Learning approach in Church of England schools. Education Sciences. 10 (11), p. 315. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10110315

An integrated philosophy of knowledge in the school curriculum vision: how schools of a Christian character might respond

Bowie, R. A. 2023. An integrated philosophy of knowledge in the school curriculum vision: how schools of a Christian character might respond. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

A global citizen ITE module and science ite: supporting confidence and competence of beginning teachers

Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2023. A global citizen ITE module and science ite: supporting confidence and competence of beginning teachers . National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

How can I use questioning to explore the unexpected without losing control?

Bowie, R. A. 2023. How can I use questioning to explore the unexpected without losing control? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Using video and multimodal classroom interaction analysis to investigate how information, misinformation, and disinformation influence pedagogy

Riordan, J., Revell, L., Bowie, B., Thomas, C., Woolley, M. and Hulbert, S. 2023. Using video and multimodal classroom interaction analysis to investigate how information, misinformation, and disinformation influence pedagogy. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. 8 (1), pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1163/23644583-bja10040

Resources for Primary Teachers on Science/Religion Encounters

Bowie, B. 2021. Resources for Primary Teachers on Science/Religion Encounters. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Resources for Secondary Teachers on Science/Religion Encounters

Bowie, B. 2021. Resources for Secondary Teachers on Science/Religion Encounters. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

14 resources for primary teachers on science religion encounters

Bowie, B. 14 resources for primary teachers on science religion encounters. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Resources for Secondary teachers on science religion encounters

Bowie, B. Resources for Secondary teachers on science religion encounters. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Science religion encounters toolkit 12: science and religion in the classroom

Riordan, J. and Bowie, B. 2023. Science religion encounters toolkit 12: science and religion in the classroom. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Science religion encounters toolkit 13: Research summaries from the project

Bowie, R. A., Woolley, M. and Aantjes, R. 2023. Science religion encounters toolkit 13: Research summaries from the project. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

How can an interdisciplinary ITE day support student teachers of RE?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. How can an interdisciplinary ITE day support student teachers of RE? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

How can I foster collaboration between the RE and science departments in my school?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. How can I foster collaboration between the RE and science departments in my school? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

What role can different disciplinary knowledges play in shaping RE?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. What role can different disciplinary knowledges play in shaping RE? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

How can I teach about truth in a complex world?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. How can I teach about truth in a complex world? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Sharing the purpose of secondary RE in the school

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. Sharing the purpose of secondary RE in the school. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

What is the purpose of RE on the school curriculum?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. What is the purpose of RE on the school curriculum? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

What are science/religion encounters and how can I prepare for them?

Bowie, B. and Woolley, M. 2023. What are science/religion encounters and how can I prepare for them? National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Known by name: A chaplain's role

Casson, A., Pittaway, A. and Bowie, B. 2022. Known by name: A chaplain's role. Canterbury, UK Canterbury Christ Church University.

Faith in the nexus

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2022. Faith in the nexus. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Understanding and explaining pedagogical problem solving: a video-based grounded theory study of classroom pedagogy

Riordan, J., Revell, L., Bowie, B., Woolley, M., Hulbert, S. and Thomas, Caroline 2021. Understanding and explaining pedagogical problem solving: a video-based grounded theory study of classroom pedagogy. Research in Science & Technological Education. 41 (4), pp. 1309-1329. https://doi.org/10.1080/02635143.2021.2001450

Exploring faith in the nexus

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Exploring faith in the nexus .

Faith in the Nexus: pupil spiritual leadership In school

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: pupil spiritual leadership In school.

Faith in the Nexus and the domestic Church

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus and the domestic Church.

Faith in the Nexus: Let’s talk about death (School and Church)

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: Let’s talk about death (School and Church).

Let’s talk about death (Home)

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Let’s talk about death (Home).

Faith in the Nexus and Sacraments (Parish Catechists)

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus and Sacraments (Parish Catechists).

Exploring faith in the Nexus: resource to use with the parent's animation

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Exploring faith in the Nexus: resource to use with the parent's animation.

Faith in the Nexus: A sense of belonging

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: A sense of belonging.

Faith in the Nexus: spiritual wellbeing and the implications for spiritual leadership

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: spiritual wellbeing and the implications for spiritual leadership.

Faith in the Nexus: children's conversations about faith and spirituality (school and church)

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: children's conversations about faith and spirituality (school and church).

Faith in the Nexus: How are we providing reflection time and space

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: How are we providing reflection time and space.

Faith in the Nexus: children's encounters with the Bible

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Faith in the Nexus: children's encounters with the Bible.

Children’s conversations about faith and spirituality (family)

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2021. Children’s conversations about faith and spirituality (family) .

Faith in the nexus: Church schools and children’s exploration of faith in the home: A NICER research study of twenty church primary schools in England

Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Woolley, M. and Bowie, R. A. 2020. Faith in the nexus: Church schools and children’s exploration of faith in the home: A NICER research study of twenty church primary schools in England. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

Christian universities and schools in relation and context

Bowie, R. A. 2019. Christian universities and schools in relation and context. International Journal of Christianity & Education. 23 (3), pp. 275-277. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056997119866142

How Christian universities respond to extremism

Bowie, R. A. and Revell, L. 2018. How Christian universities respond to extremism. Education Sciences. 8 (3), pp. 140-145. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.3390/educsci8030140

What really matters about teacher education at Cathedrals Group Universities: volume 2 the case studies

Bowie, R. A., Casson, A., Hulbert, S., Benton, M., Holt, J., James, M., Jarvis, P., McGuire, L., Podesta, E. and Stone, G. 2018. What really matters about teacher education at Cathedrals Group Universities: volume 2 the case studies. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

What really matters about teacher education at Cathedrals Group Universities: volume 1 final report

Bowie, R. A., Casson, A. and Hulbert, S. 2018. What really matters about teacher education at Cathedrals Group Universities: volume 1 final report. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

Negotiating fundamental British values: research conversations in church schools

Bowie, R. A. and Revell, L. 2016. Negotiating fundamental British values: research conversations in church schools. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

Oxford A Level Religious Studies: Christianity, philosophy and ethics

Bowie, R. A. and Ahluwalia, L. 2016. Oxford A Level Religious Studies: Christianity, philosophy and ethics. Oxford Oxford University Press.

The primacy of dignity and human rights education

Bowie, R. A. 2011. The primacy of dignity and human rights education. PhD Thesis University of Kent / Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education

Doing RE hermeneutically - learning to become interpreters of religion

Bowie, R. A. 2016. Doing RE hermeneutically - learning to become interpreters of religion. RE Today. 34 (1), pp. 60-62.

The human rights Church school: a particular school for the common good?

Bowie, R. A. 2014. The human rights Church school: a particular school for the common good?

What can education learn from recent thinking around the concept of dignity in the intersection between identity and protected groups?

Bowie, R. A. 2014. What can education learn from recent thinking around the concept of dignity in the intersection between identity and protected groups?

A preliminary report exploring the need for and development of a coherent Personal and Social Education curriculum

Maynard, T., Moss, J., Bowie, R. A., Christie, S., Bainbridge, A., Barnes, J., Blamires, M., Hassett, A., Powell, S., Robinson, S. and Canterbury Christ Church University 2013. A preliminary report exploring the need for and development of a coherent Personal and Social Education curriculum.

Post secular trends: issues of faith and education

Bowie, R. A., Peterson, A. and Revell, L. 2012. Post secular trends: issues of faith and education. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 33 (2), pp. 139-141. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2012.694057

Human rights and religion in the English secondary RE curriculum

Bowie, R. A. 2011. Human rights and religion in the English secondary RE curriculum. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 32 (3), pp. 269-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2011.627674

AQA religious studies AS ethics: student's book

Bowie, R. A. 2008. AQA religious studies AS ethics: student's book. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.

Environmental ethics

Bowie, R. A. 2008. Environmental ethics.

Thinking about ethics in RE learning

Bowie, R. A. 2007. Thinking about ethics in RE learning.

Dignity, religion, education

Bowie, R. A. 2007. Dignity, religion, education.

Getting published

Bowie, R. A. 2005. Getting published. RE-Net, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Contemporary life stances and education for sustainable development

Bowie, R. A. 2005. Contemporary life stances and education for sustainable development. Canterbury RE-Net, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Philosophy of religion and religious ethics AS/AA2 for OCR study guide

Bowie, R. A. 2004. Philosophy of religion and religious ethics AS/AA2 for OCR study guide. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.

Texts and teachers: the practice guide

Bowie, R. A. and Clemmey, K. 2000. Texts and teachers: the practice guide. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

Texts and teachers: the findings report

Bowie, R. A. 2000. Texts and teachers: the findings report. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nexus researching church toddler groups

Casson, A., Pittaway, A., Woolley, M., Watts, T., Clemmey, K., Kemp, N. and Bowie, B. 2024. Nexus researching church toddler groups. Canterbury National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

Spiritual flourishing in the words of the child: A Faith in the Nexus study 2023

Casson, A., Pittaway, A., Watts, T. and Bowie, R. A. 2023. Spiritual flourishing in the words of the child: A Faith in the Nexus study 2023. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.

02. When do you feel close to Jesus and God?

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 02. When do you feel close to Jesus and God? Canterbury Christ Church University.

03 What does it feel like to be in collective worship? - Catholic version

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 03 What does it feel like to be in collective worship? - Catholic version. Canterbury Christ Church University.

Multimodal classroom interaction analysis using video-based methods of the pedagogical tactic of (un)grouping

Riordan, J., Revell, L., Bowie, B., Hulbert, S., Woolley, M. and Thomas, C. 2024. Multimodal classroom interaction analysis using video-based methods of the pedagogical tactic of (un)grouping. Pedagogies: An International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/1554480x.2024.2313978

Questions for discussion for children, parents, schools and churches

Harrison, G. and Bowie, B. 2023. Questions for discussion for children, parents, schools and churches. National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER).

07. Where do you go to reflect?

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 07. Where do you go to reflect? Canterbury Christ Church University.

06. What do you do about faith at home? - Catholic version

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 06. What do you do about faith at home? - Catholic version. Canterbury Christ Church University.

05. What do you do about faith at home? - Church of England version

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 05. What do you do about faith at home? - Church of England version. Canterbury Christ Church University.

04. What does it feel like to be in collective worship? - Church of England version

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 04. What does it feel like to be in collective worship? - Church of England version. Canterbury Christ Church University.

01. What does it feel like to pray?

Bowie, R. A. 2023. 01. What does it feel like to pray? Canterbury Christ Church University.

Spiritual flourishing in the words of the child: Final report for young people: A Faith in the Nexus study 2023

Pittaway, A., Casson, A., Watts, T. and Bowie, R. A. 2023. Spiritual flourishing in the words of the child: Final report for young people: A Faith in the Nexus study 2023. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.
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