Phone: +61 7 3316 5800
A new resource for teaching religious education in Catholic schools is a response to changing social, church and educational landscapes.
The Framing Paper: Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools has been published by the National Catholic Education Commission.
The NCEC’s Acting Executive Director Ray Collins said the paper would support dioceses in the development and teaching of religious education with changing contexts.
“The framing paper recognises that there is increasing pluralisation and secularisation in today’s society and even a growing hostility towards religion,” he said.
“It also acknowledges the fact that many students and their families have little connection with their local church other than through their school, and many come from diverse multi-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.”
The paper also highlights the need for teachers of religious education to have a deep subject and pedagogical understanding and to be authentic witnesses to the faith.
Mr Collins said the framing paper affirms the current work in schools and dioceses and provides a stimulus for ongoing improvement.