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

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

Visual Engagement: Textbooks and the Materiality of Religion

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

Mary Hayward [+-]
University of Warwick
Dr Mary Hayward is an Associate Fellow, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU), University of Warwick UK, where she completed doctoral studies on the representation of Christianity in Religious Education in England. She has held RE related posts in the Universities of Leeds, Warwick and - earlier in her career - Lancaster and was for 13 years Deputy Director of York Religious Education Centre. She is a member of the International Seminar on Religion and Values (ISREV); has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education, and is Reviews Editor of the British Journal of Religious Education.

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In her article, Mary Hayward argues that more attention has been paid to the analysis of the written text than visuals in textbooks, and suggests that imagebased research has low status. She argues that scholars in religious education have paid too little attention to the materiality of religion and to images in textbooks. Hayward further argues that interpreting what is seen is a multi-layered task; different images require different kinds of questions and varied pathways of research, and therefore must receive attention in religious education. Her article thus opens with a reflection on religion and materiality in general, before turning to a discussion of images of Christianity and Hinduism in English textbooks for religious education

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Hayward, Mary. Visual Engagement: Textbooks and the Materiality of Religion. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 134-156 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23878. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23878. Apr 2014

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