Mis/representation of religion in religious education in transnational contexts, comparative education

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This paper draws data from two complementary studies in sub-Saharan Africa to highlight the problem of religious misrepresentation in (multi-faith) Religious Education (RE) at school in Malawi and Ghana. Employing Michael Apples’ conception of selective tradition, the article is critical of the confrontational disputation inherent in the RE in the two countries. The misrepresentation is analysed under themes related to classroom discourse and the nature of religion. It argues that RE could actually be counter-productive and thus end up misrepresenting religions instead of promoting them. Unless there is a radical shift in the areas identified, the subject will continue to present a distorted picture of religion and thus fail in its civic responsibility as a curriculum area that is perhaps best placed to inculcate pro-social values towards citizenship in a world of religious diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016
Event2016 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Conference: 2016 CIES Annual Conference - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 10 Mar 2016 → …

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Conference2016 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Conference
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period10/03/16 → …

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Comparative Education
Misrepresentation
Religion
Religious Education
Curriculum
Ghana
Religious Diversity
Disputation
Civics
Classroom Discourse
Citizenship
Social Values
Malawi
Faith
Conception
Responsibility
Sub-Saharan Africa

Keywords

  • Religious Education
  • misrepresentation
  • Malawi and Ghana

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Matemba, Y. (2016). Mis/representation of religion in religious education in transnational contexts, comparative education. Paper presented at 2016 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Matemba, Yonah. / Mis/representation of religion in religious education in transnational contexts, comparative education. Paper presented at 2016 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
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