Believe or 'burn in hell', the politics of religion pedagogy in Australia - a pilot study

Catherine Byrne

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Public school religion education raises complex policy responsibilities in plural democracies. In Australia, ambiguous policy intent and contradictory implementations create confusion for parents and educators. The state’s desire to encourage access by diverse faith groups defends minimal regulation, but also enables extremism, with children warned they will ‘burn in hell if (they) do not believe in Jesus’ (ID44). In the context of debate about alternatives, this pilot survey of attitudes identifies significant differences between the teaching philosophy desired by parents and professional educators and the approach taken by volunteer religious instructors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Scholarly Affair, proceedings of the Cultural Studies of Australasia 2010 national conference
EditorsBaden Offord, Rob Garbutt
Place of PublicationLismore, N.S.W.
PublisherSouthern Cross University
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780980498073
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCultural Studies Association of Australasia Conferenc - Byron Bay, NSW
Duration: 7 Dec 20109 Dec 2010


ConferenceCultural Studies Association of Australasia Conferenc
CityByron Bay, NSW

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