Religion and education : framing and mapping a field

Parker, Stephen G. and Berglund, Jenny and Lewin, David and Raftery, Deirdre (2019) Religion and education : framing and mapping a field. Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and Education, 1 (1). ISSN 2589-5303

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Abstract

This publication makes the case for ‘religion and education’ as a distinct, but cross-disciplinary, field of inquiry. To begin with, consideration is given to the changing dynamic between ‘religion and education’ historically, and the differing understandings of religious education within it. Next, ‘religion and education’ is examined from methodologically specific perspectives, namely the philosophical, historical and sociological. The authors outline the particular insights to be gleaned about ‘religion and education’ on the basis of their commitment to these methodological standpoints. Overall, this publication is concerned with demonstrating the scope of the field, and the importance of having a range of disciplinary, and interdisciplinary, perspectives informing it.