Taking the Next Step
Teaching Religious Education in Catholic Schools

Richard Rymarz
University of Alberta, Canada

Brendan Hyde
Australian Catholic University

$49.50 inc GST
186 pages, 240x174mm, Softcover

ISBN 9781921333-514

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The Book
Teaching religious education to students in Catholic schools in the twenty-first century presents many challenges. Students come to Catholic schools from a great diversity of religious and secular backgrounds. As well, many come from families who, for various reasons, have little or no connection with their local parish communities.

In attempting to address some of these challenges Taking the Next Step has been designed to assist classroom practitioners in planning and implementing a religious education program that will engage students in learning. It has been written with the aim of providing teachers of religious education with insight into a range of contemporary issues and perspectives which are of relevance to the discipline of religious education.

Part 1: Historical and Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter 1 : A Brief Overview of Recent Religious Education in Catholic Schools
Chapter 2 : Some Contemporary Approaches to Religious Education
Chapter 3 : Looking at Religious Education: Perspectives from Key Church Documents
Chapter 4 : Contemporary Multiculturalism and Multi-faith Religious Education
Chapter 5 : The Human, Cognitive, Faith, Moral and Spiritual Development of Students
Chapter 6 : The Perceiving, Thinking, Feeling and Intuiting Elements in the Learning Process

Part 2: Pedagogical Considerations
Chapter 7 : The Content of the Religious Education Syllabus
Chapter 8 : From Objectives to Outcomes to Lesson Plans
Chapter 9 : Planning a Unit of Work in Religious Education
Chapter 10 : Differentiating the Curriculum: Catering for Diversity in Religious Education
Chapter 11 : Assessment and Evaluation in Religious Education
Chapter 12 : Godly Play – An Approach to Religious Education
Chapter 13 : Teaching Scripture in the Religious Education Classroom
Chapter 14 : Building a Positive Classroom Culture in Religious Education
Chapter 15 : Teaching About the Sacraments
Chapter 16 : Planning a Eucharistic Liturgy
Chapter 17 : Some Challenges in Teaching Religious Education
Chapter 18 : The Religious Education Teacher

The Authors
Richard Rymarz is Professor and Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Catholic Religious Education at St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor, National School of Religious Education, Australian Catholic University. Richard has had extensive experience in curriculum development and producing educational materials in religious and moral education.

Brendan Hyde is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Australian Catholic University. He has research interests in children’s spirituality and in the Godly Play approach to religious education as a means of nurturing spirituality in early childhood. Brendan is a member of the Godly Play Australia Advisory Board, and he is also presently co-editor of the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.