Elisabeth Arweck, ed.: Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity
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Religious Education (RE) is an important part of the school curriculum in the United Kingdom. Where two generations ago it was clearly intended to teach religion, increased religious diversity has reframed it as teaching about religions of all stripes. The requirements are different in each of the U.K.’s four nations (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), but the concerns are the same: how to provide religious literacy and interreligious understanding in the context of an increasingly plural society. Students are encouraged to take the program but it is not required.
This volume presents the results of an empirical investigation of what students in U.K. schools actually think about their RE programs, and how they think about religious diversity in general. Though reports from that study have appeared elsewhere, this is the most complete summary of the project’s findings. As such, it is a useful source of information about young people’s attitudes. It also has lessons for...