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Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education

by D. MooreD. Moore


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In Overcoming Religious Illiteracy, Harvard professor and Phillips Academy teacher Diane L. Moore argues that though the United States is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, the vast majority of citizens are woefully ignorant about religion itself and the basic tenets of the world's major religious traditions. The consequences of this religious illiteracy are profound and include fueling the culture wars, curtailing historical understanding and promoting religious and racial bigotry. In this volume, Moore combines theory with practice to articulate how to incorporate the study of religion into the schools in ways that will invigorate classrooms and enhance democratic discourse in the public sphere.

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ISBN-13: 9781403963499
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Diane L. Moore is Professor of the Practice in Religious Studies and Education, Director of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at the Harvard Divinity School and faculty in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Phillips Andover Academy

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     3
The Purpose of Education     9
Why Religion Should Be Included in Public School Education     27
How to Teach About Religion in the Schools     53
Teacher Education: What Teachers Need to Know     89
Introduction to Part 2     107
Constructing a Learning Community     111
A Case Study: Teaching About Islam     139
Incorporating the Study of Religion Throughout the Curriculum: American History, Economics, Biology, and Literature     165
Conclusion     177
Epilogue     179
Compilation of Anonymous Student Evaluations of Islamic Cultural Studies     183
Notes     191
Bibliography of Works Cited     207
About the Author     213
Index     215

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