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Engaging Religious Education

Editor(s): David Torevell with Camilla Cole, Joy Schmack, Matthew Thompson
Contributors: Joy Schmack, Matthew Thompson, David Torevell, Julian Stern, Gaynor Pollard, Camilla Cole;
Series: Ethics

Book Description

This book is the first to bring together a number of essays which deal directly with the crucial topic of ‘engagement’ in Religious Education. But it also breaks new ground by creating a dialogue with the world of ethics. Here readers will find fresh insights relevant to the 21st century.

Contributors, all committed to excellence in Religious Education, include school teachers, sixth form tutors and those working in higher education. Addressing central issues in the debate from a range of theoretical and methodological positions, the book raises important questions about how we might understand and promote positive ‘engagement’ at the present time. Primarily, it has one aim in view: to make Religious Education a more stimulating and enjoyable experience for all those involved.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2134-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2134-9
Date of Publication: 01/06/2010
Pages / Size: 201 / A5
Price: £39.99


Joy Schmack is Director of RE Services at Liverpool Hope University. After teaching in schools in South London for 20 years she joined the Croydon Inspection and Advisory Service where she particualrly focussed upon religious education, faith relations, and inclusion. As a chief examiner for GCSE, Joy has written many textbooks and teacher handbooks. Her particular research interests include challenging misconceptions through religious education and raising standards at Key Stage 4.

Matthew Thompson is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Religious Education at Liverpool Hope University. He is also Director of Liverpool Community Spirit, a unique community education partnership which for the past eight years has been promoting inclusive, caring community spirit in the heart of Liverpool through innovative adult learning programmes and an interfaith youth council. He has published a number of papers, most recently in Michael H. Grimmitt’s edited volume, Religious Education and Social and Community Cohesion: Challenges and Opportunities (Great Wakering: McCrimmons, forthcoming 2010).

Dr. David Torevell is Associate Professor in the department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He has written two books on Christian worship, Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform (TandT CLark, 2000) and Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown: Another Place (Ashgate, 2007). He has published numerous articles on his research interests which include theology and the arts, contemplative theology, Christian spirituality and worship and religious education. He is presently completing a study of aspects of contemplative theology in dialogue with a new interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3667-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3667-2
Date of Publication: 01/02/2012
Pages / Size: 201 / A5
Price: £24.99