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Religion in Education: Mark Pike

25 July 11

Held at the University of Warwick, 25th-26th July 2011

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Mark Pike [University of Leeds]

Religious Education in Two Contrasting Christian-Ethos Schools

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Dr Mark Pike was Principal Investigator on the Religion and Society project Religious Reading in a Secular Society, which looked at reading and values formation in new academies. This presentation draws on interviews conducted at two of the five schools, Trinity Academy in Doncaster, and Bradford Christian School. His subtitle is “Popular misconceptions of evangelical Christianity in schooling”. 

Abstract: This paper draws upon the case studies of two schools. The first is an academy with a Christian-ethos, which has no ‘faith test’ for admission and serves a largely secular social area. Here the sophisticated relation between the school’s Christian ethos, the importance it attaches to Religious Education (to which two hours a week are devoted, even though the school specialises in business and enterprise) and its ‘secular’ core values are of most interest and will be discussed. This school’s approach will be contrasted with the confessional religious education, across the curriculum, of a parent-funded, would-be free school which was established as a faith-based alternative to secular schooling. Interviews with 14-year-old students inform the analysis.

Report and podcasts compiled by Norman Winter. Abstract taken from the conference programme. Recordings of the symposium sessions are substantially complete, but may have been edited in small ways for technical and other reasons.

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