Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Researching Materials Used to Teach about World Religions in Schools in England

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Barbara Wintersgill [+-]
Independent Scholar and Consultant
Barbara Wintersgill has a BA and MA in theology from the University of Exeter and a PhD from Warwick University. Her varied career includes: teaching RE in London, Advisory Teacher for RE, Chief Examiner RS, Officer for RE at the National Curriculum Council (NCC) and the School Curriculum and Qualifications Authority (SCAA), Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) and National Adviser for Religious Education, working at the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), and author of many NCC, SCAA and Ofsted publications as well as academic articles. Dr Wintersgill is now an independent researcher and education consultant.

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This chapter is a report on research into materials used in religious education teaching conducted by the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) throughout the academic year 2008–2009. The research considered a wide variety of resources but this chapter considers only the findings that relate to textbooks. In relation to books specifically, the research identified both value and concern with respect to accuracy in detail; authenticity, coherence and balance in representations of religions; recognition of the internal diversity in religions and of their numinous and transformative power; the complexity of religions and the relationships between them. Several publications caused concern in these areas.

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Wintersgill, Barbara. Researching Materials Used to Teach about World Religions in Schools in England. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 98-116 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23876. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23876. Apr 2014

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