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Education about diverse religions and worldviews, social inclusion and countering extremism: lessons for the Australian curriculum

Halafoff, Anna 2015, Education about diverse religions and worldviews, social inclusion and countering extremism: lessons for the Australian curriculum, Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 362-379, doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1029889.

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Title Education about diverse religions and worldviews, social inclusion and countering extremism: lessons for the Australian curriculum
Author(s) Halafoff, Anna
Journal name Journal of Intercultural Studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 362
End page 379
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Keyword(s) religion
diversity
worldviews
education
Australia
Summary Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the so-called ‘religion in schools debate’ has generated a significant amount of controversy in Australia and arguably impeded progress in both research and education about diverse religions and non-religious worldviews (ERW). This article focuses on the recently released Review of the Australian Curriculum – Final Report and examines why there has been such strong resistance to learning from international best practices in implementing ERW programmes in Australia. It presents an analysis of the Review’s findings, in light of these advances, notably the recently released Signposts: Policy and Practice for Teaching about Religions and Non-religious Worldviews in Intercultural Education document published by the Council of Europe. Finally, this article argues that for the Australian Curriculum to be genuinely ‘world class’, and for it to promote an appreciation of religious diversity, it needs to include ERW as a separate subject or across the national Curriculum, drawing on Australian and international research and policies in this field to develop curricula and resources that are appropriate for the Australian context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2015.1029889
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073465

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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